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Paco boy hit by car still in critical condition


Boy hit by car still in critical condition

The 8-year-old boy who was struck by a car Wednesday while pedaling his bicycle to the school bus stop remains in critical condition at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, officials said. On Thursday, a social worker and school psychologist at Shady Hills Elementary School, where Donavin K. Smith is a second-grader, spoke with students about what happened to him. They did the same at Mary Giella Elementary School, where the boy had attended pre-K, kindergarten and first grade. The students made cards that were sent to Donavin at the hospit al. The collision occurred at 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday at the intersection of Deason Drive and Trent Lane, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Donavin suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck, and his brain is swollen. He is at St. Joseph's pediatric intensive care unit.


Clerk scares off masked man

Just after closing the CVS Pharmacy on Wednesday night, the store clerk spotted something unusual: a man walking toward the door wearing latex gloves and carrying a shotgun and a black duffel bag. A camouflaged bandana masked his face. The masked man quickly looked in, the clerk told authorities, and spotted her inside — then seemed startled and ran away. The clerk called the Pasco County Sheriff's Office to the store at 7325 State Road 54. Authorities reviewed the store's surveillance tape and spotted the man walk to the door shortly before 10 p.m., peer inside and flee. Anyone with information on the incident should call the sheriff's office tips line at 1-800-706-2488.

Motorcycle ride to aid handicapped

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is sponsoring its 50 mile charity motorcycle ride to benefit the Angelus, a home for people who are severely handicapped. The ride, escorted by Sheriff Bob White, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12. The route starts at Gulf Coast Harley-Davidson, 5817 State Road 54 in New Port Richey, and ends at the Cotee River Bike Fest in downtown New Port Richey. Preregistration is available this weekend at Gulf Coast Harley-Davidson, as well as at the Cotee River Bike Fest on Oct. 11. The cost, $25 per rider and $15 per passenger, includes a T-shirt and a collectible pin and a Southern-style breakfast before the ride. For information, go to or call (727) 844-7734.

Pasco deaths

Clune, Sheila M.

Frankenfield, Pearl

Gilliland, Jason Robert

Keller, Elizabeth

Lake, Shirley L.

Manescalchi, Albert

McEniry, Marie Helen

Ogle, Emma Lucile

Reyes, Sean A. "Bear"

Reynolds, George R. "Scotty"

Umhoefer, Lois M.

White-Hunter, Rosemary

Paco boy hit by car still in critical condition 10/02/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:31pm]
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