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Tampa motorcyclist killed; driver charged with DUI-manslaughter

TAMPA

Motorcyclist killed, driver charged in wreck

A 44-year-old man died early Saturday when his motorcycle was struck by a driver who was speeding and ran a red light, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

James D. Dean was turning left onto the Veterans Expressway at Hillsborough Avenue at 1:35 a.m. when a car heading east on Hillsborough ran a red light and hit his 2005 Yamaha, the FHP said. Dean, of 6914 Seton Lane, Tampa, was not wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers arrested Antoinette Morello, 42, of 6516 Seafairer Drive, Tampa, and charged her with DUI-manslaughter. She was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with minor injuries.

According to an arrest report, her blood-alcohol level was 0.168, more than twice the level at which Florida law presumes a driver is impaired. She was being held Saturday in the Orient Road Jail without bail.

Troopers said the crash caused $5,000 in damage to her 1995 Ford Escort station wagon and $5,000 in damage to Dean's motorcycle.

ST. PETERSBURG

Rider dies after losing control of motorcycle

A motorcyclist died Friday night after he lost control of his Harley-Davidson on the Bayside Bridge, careened into the median and slammed into trees.

The man, whose identity was not released, failed to follow a jog in the road after crossing the bridge from north to south, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. After he hit the trees, his motorcycle slid into the northbound lane and hit two cars.

The cyclist was taken to Northside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

MIAMI SHORES

Hostage escapes before suspect is shot

A man accused of briefly holding a drugstore manager hostage Saturday was shot and wounded as he fled, authorities said.

The unidentified Walgreens manager was forced into his own car but was able to break free and run before officers opened fire, Miami-Dade police said.

The man led police on a chase before crashing and fleeing on foot. Officers found him about three hours later, wounded.

Police said the man had walked into the Walgreens store and demanded money about 6:30 a.m. When officers arrived, the man was walking out a back door and was holding the manager at gunpoint, police said.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he underwent surgery, police said.

Staff and wire reports

Tampa motorcyclist killed; driver charged with DUI-manslaughter 03/29/08 [Last modified: Sunday, March 30, 2008 9:52am]
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