Teen Boaters still in critical condition
Two teenagers remain in critical condition at St. Joseph's Hospital after a boating accident, hospital spokeswoman Beverly Littlejohn said. James Parker, 14, was piloting a small powerboat on Egypt Lake about 1:30 p.m. Saturday when the boat hit a dock at 15 to 20 mph, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Benjamin Parker, 13, was a passenger in the boat. Both boys live in Tampa. No charges will be filed in the accident, the commission reported.
Woman killed, 4 injured in collision
An automobile accident late Saturday at State Road 60 and Lakewood Drive killed Ethelrene York, 62, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. York was a passenger in a 2004 Kia Optima driven by Ala Nelson-Vickers, 61, of Brandon. The car, which had been waiting in an eastbound turn lane on State Road 60, turned left onto Lakewood Drive at 11:33 p.m. It was struck in the intersection by a westbound 2004 Ford Explorer, the Highway Patrol said. The report also said that traffic signals for east- and westbound traffic were red at the time of the collision, and that turn-lane arrows in both directions from State Road 60 were green. Christina Smith, 21, of Lake Wales was driving the Explorer. Smith was not injured, nor were Explorer passengers Danita Pantoja-Torres, 38; Terry Wright Jr., 24; or Richard Mullis, 22. York was taken to Brandon Regional Medical Center, where she died Sunday. Three children in the Optima, Justice Green and Jeanetta Vickers, both 4, and Queen Flowers, 10, were injured and taken to Tampa General Hospital, as was Nelson-Vickers, the Kia's driver. No charges had been filed by late Sunday, the Highway Patrol said. Authorities are awaiting toxicology reports, and the accident remains under investigation.
PANAMA CITY BEACH
Body of swimmer found; one missing
Authorities have found the body of a swimmer who disappeared off Panama City Beach, but are searching for another missing swimmer. Bay County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robbie Newsome said 21-year-old Pierre E. Allen of Water Valley, Miss., was spotted by a helicopter Sunday morning about 100 yards offshore in 15 feet of water. He was close to the location where he was last seen Saturday afternoon. Panama City Beach Maj. David Humphreys said another swimmer was reported missing about 1 a.m. Sunday. That swimmer's name has not been released. More than 40 other swimmers had to be rescued from dangerous rip currents over the weekend. The rip currents prompted authorities to close the beach.
Primary race takes to satirical waters
Two skippers paddled makeshift boats named after Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, pursuing blue "superdelegate" buoys during a race Sunday in the Florida Keys. At the Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta, the O-bama boat crossed the finish line first, but the Billary captain garnered the most superdelegate buoys. The Billary's captain was instructed to lose, but she refused.
Staff, wire reports