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Oldsmar woman dies after motorcycle accident


Motorcycle passenger dies after fall

An Oldsmar woman died early Sunday after falling from a motorcycle and being struck by three other vehicles, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers say Milagros Martinez-Mancero, 40, was a passenger on a Yamaha motorcycle being driven north on Interstate 75 by Leif Oskarsson, 40, shortly after midnight. Just south of State Road 674, troopers say, Martinez-Mancero fell from the rear of the motorcycle. Troopers don't know what caused the fall. Martinez-Mancero was struck by a Suzuki motorcycle driven by Gabriel Shoshan, 35, of Palm Harbor. Shoshan was traveling with Oskarsson and Martinez-Mancero. A Nissan SUV and Honda Civic then struck Martinez-Mancero, who died at the scene. She was wearing a helmet. Oskarsson, a sports bike enthusiast, founded Clearwater Biker, a local motorcycle club, in 2001. Troopers are investigating the incident. Reached in Connecticut, Martinez-Mancero's daughter, Christina Mancero, said she last spoke with her mom a week ago. Christina Mancero, 22, said her mother had been a motorcycle lover for decades, but only as a passenger. She planned to one day ride solo. "She was actually in the process of learning," Christina Mancero said. Martinez-Mancero's body will taken to upstate New York, her daughter said, where she has family.


Unattended food ignites on stove

Unattended food cooking on a stove top is blamed for a fire Saturday night that caused about $10,000 in damage to two apartments at Bay Vista Apartments, fire officials said. No injuries were reported. Ronald Arend, 45, of 4004 S Manhattan Ave., Apt. 22, told firefighters that he briefly left his apartment while cooking. Minutes later, Arend and neighbors noticed that his apartment was on fire. They tried to contain the flames using portable extinguishers, but were unsuccessful. Tampa Fire Rescue personnel put out the fire in about 10 minutes, keeping it from spreading. Arend's apartment sustained fire and smoke damage. The apartment below his had minor water damage.

Plant City

Cockfight fans scram; 5 arrested

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says it has arrested five people who attended a cockfight in Plant City. The Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip about a cockfight Saturday. When deputies arrived, about 20 people attending the fight in a barn fled. Deputies were able to catch five, who were charged with participating in a cockfight. Deputies found 36 roosters in cages and cloth bags. Three were dead and six were injured.


Engine damage looks like bird hit

JetBlue Airways said that an investigation has revealed damage to one engine of an Airbus A320 that aborted its takeoff from Orlando International Airport on Saturday after the crew thought it hit birds. The incident happened on the runway. It's the same type of aircraft that landed in New York City's Hudson River this month after birds were sucked into its engines during takeoff. "We did find some damage that is consistent with a bird strike," said JetBlue spokeswoman Jenny Dervin.

Times staff, wire reports

Oldsmar woman dies after motorcycle accident 01/25/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 25, 2009 10:10pm]
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