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Times staff writer faces DUI charge in Tampa

TAMPA — A Tampa Bay Times staff writer was charged with driving under the influence early Saturday.

Laura Keeley, 23, of Tampa was driving south on West Shore Boulevard about 3 a.m. when she almost struck a police vehicle parked on Neptune Way, according to an arrest report.

Once pulled over, an officer noticed her bloodshot eyes and the odor of alcohol on her breath, the report said. Keeley admitted to consuming two drinks and was unsteady on her feet, the report said. She had a blood alcohol level of 0.142, according to jail records. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08 percent.

She was taken to the Hillsborough County jail and later released on $500 bail. She declined to comment. Keeley covers high school sports in Hills­borough for the Times.

Woman who was hit by truck is identified

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities have released the identity of the young woman who was struck and killed while crossing Gandy Boulevard.

A westbound semitrailer truck struck Nicole J. Lojewski, 24, of Brandon about 3 a.m. Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Then another vehicle, which didn't stop, also struck her.

Authorities pronounced her dead at the scene.

Lojewski and two other people had been trying to cross Gandy at a crosswalk after leaving Derby Lane. Lojewski stepped into the path of the truck, which had a green light, authorities said.

An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the second vehicle or its driver is asked to call the FHP at (813) 631-4020.

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