Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Student, 17, suffers minor injuries in bus crash in Tarpon Springs


Student suffers minor injuries in bus crash

A 17-year-old student suffered minor injuries early Thursday after a school bus was rear-ended on Alt. U.S. 19 and Wood Dove Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Garret Mixon was taken to Mease Countryside hospital with complaints of back pain, according to the FHP. Seven students were aboard the bus at the time. About 6:20 a.m., troopers said the bus was stopped and picking up a student on Alt. U.S. 19 just north of Wood Dove Avenue. The bus had its red flashing lights and retractable stop sign activated when a red Jeep driven by 69-year-old Billy Wayne Berry struck the back of the bus, according to troopers. Troopers cited Berry with careless driving.

Mid Pinellas

Drivers seriously injured in accident

A man was seriously injured early Thursday morning after his pickup was sideswiped by an unlicensed driver near the Ulmerton Road exit of Interstate 275 S. John Zagarella, 46, of St. Petersburg was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in serious condition around 2 a.m. after he was hit by Tung Pham, 47, of Wesley Chapel. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Pham improperly changed lanes. Pham, who was driving a 2007 Toyota pickup, was also taken to Bayfront in serious condition. Zagarella's pickup, a 1990 Ford Ranger, rolled several times, shaking apart and landing upside down on the southbound shoulder. Witnesses who came to his aid said he was thrown from the vehicle. As they waited about 15 minutes for paramedics to arrive, several motorists who stopped to help Zagarella covered the immobile man with blankets to keep him insulated from the near-freezing wind. Zagarella's passenger, Kenneth Wright, 46, escaped with minor injuries.


Tickets on sale for Rotary wine event

Tickets are on sale for the Rotary Club of Tarpon Springs' annual wine tasting. It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22 at Lake Tarpon Resort Hotel, 37611 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The program will include a silent and live auction. Along with wine, there will also be beer, mixed drinks and appetizers. Proceeds from this event will fund youth programs. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, 11 E Orange St., Tarpon Springs. For more information, call Sue Thomas, (727) 515-7767.


Deadline soon for art scholarships

Since 1985, the Miniature Art Society of Florida, 2519 McMullen-Booth Road, has awarded more than 80 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 to Pinellas County high school students wishing to continue their visual arts education. This year, the society is offering three scholarships for $1,500. Students interested in applying for scholarships have until Feb. 26. Applicant interviews will be scheduled for March 19. For more information, call (727) 409-0459. Applications are available at

Student, 17, suffers minor injuries in bus crash in Tarpon Springs 01/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 7:52pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. St. Pete's Downtown Looper expands service with $900,000 grant



    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG ­— The Downtown Looper will expand its route and its hours starting in October 2018 thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.

  2. Latest sewage crisis fallout: Higher utility bills in St. Pete

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — For months the cost of the city's sewage crisis has been measured in terms of environmental damage, legal ramifications and political repercussions.

    Now residents are about to get the bill.

    Signs at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg warn people in September 2016 to stay out of the water due to contamination from partially treated sewage during the height of the city's sewage crisis. Now the City Council is considering how much to raise utility rates to pay the $326 million bill to fix St. Petersburg's sewage system. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  3. Rays add a bat, too, acquiring Lucas Duda from Mets


    The Rays made another big move today, acquiring 1B/DH Lucas Duda from the Mets.

    Duda, 31, is a lefty slugger who will take over as the Rays primary DH against right-handers, with Corey Dickerson now playing most of the time in the outfield.

    To get Duda, the Rays gave up minor-league RHP Drew Smith, …

    The Rays acquired 1B/DH Lucas Duda from the Mets.
  4. Florida's legal losses up to $19 million and counting since 2011


    From Gary Fineout of the Associated Press:

    This is getting expensive.
  5. Susanne Bartsch installation at Tampa Museum of Art


    Susanne Bartsch and Raquel Martuscelli adjust the hat and hair on a mannequin in the Susanne Bartsch: Art-a-Porter exhibit on Thursday July 27, 2017 at the Tampa Museum of Art, in Tampa, Fla. The exhibit features designs worn by Bartsch and highlights her career in fashion. Bartsch is known for her over the top style and lavish parties thrown in the New York club scene, since the 1980s. The exhibit runs July 30 through November 12.