Woman KILLED AFTER HER CAR RUNS HER OVER
An 85-year-old woman was run over and killed by her own car Sunday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Catherine Terrasi of Spring Hill was backing out of a driveway about 5 p.m. at 4976 Bostonian Loop when for some reason, the FHP said, she quickly accelerated while turning and fell out. She was not wearing a seat belt. The front of the Mercury she was driving ran her over and then continued turning, driverless, in reverse until it ran into a house and caused minor damage. The accident was under investigation.
Car, van collide, woman badly hurt
A St. Petersburg woman was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Sunday morning after her car collided with a minivan, police said. Virginia Katharine Davis, 89, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries. She was driving east in the center lane of First Avenue S about 10:33 a.m. in a 1983 Buick Regal when she entered the intersection of 34th Street. Albert Ramos, 44, was driving a 2007 Chrysler minivan with three passengers when the vehicles collided in the intersection, police said. No one in the minivan was seriously injured. Police had not yet determined who ran a red light at the intersection.
Detectives call house fire arson
A house fire that broke out early Sunday morning was arson, authorities said. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported. Authorities said the fire, at 8591 Forsyth Drive, looked suspicious. Detectives determined Sunday that the cause was arson.
12 injured in I-275 three-car crash
A three-car crash on Interstate 275 south of Fowler Avenue sent 12 people to the hospital late Sunday evening, including three with serious injuries, and temporarily closed a portion of the highway, officials said. A maroon GMC Envoy carrying nine passengers was driving north on the interstate shortly before 9 p.m. when it hit a center retaining wall, rebounded and hit a black Lexus IS 300 and a white Pontiac Sunfire before going over a guardrail and rolling down an embankment, authorities said. At least two people in the Envoy were ejected. The Pontiac, which held three people, stopped in the middle of the interstate after sustaining severe damage. The Lexus, carrying one person, had its driver-side door smashed into a highway sign support post. One person from the Envoy was taken to Tampa General Hospital and two others were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, all with serious injuries, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. Nine others involved in the wreck were taken to area hospitals with nonlife-threatening injuries. The crash temporarily closed northbound lanes of the interstate.
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Teen helps foil purse snatching
A man wearing a red bandana over his face and wielding a large butcher knife demanded Victoria Saylors' purse Sunday night as she left a supermarket, authorities said. But her resistance and help from a teenage employee prevented the purse snatching. It happened at the Sweetbay Supermarket, 6400 Massachusetts Ave.