Two escape serious injury when Jeep ends up in Tampa Bay

CLEARWATER

Jeep ends up in bay; two escape serious injury

Two people in a Jeep veered off the Courtney Campbell Parkway and into Tampa Bay on Sunday morning, but they escaped serious injury, authorities said. The accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. on the westbound side of the causeway, just west of the Pinellas-Hillsborough County line. The two people in the Jeep were able to get out on their own, said Tampa Fire Capt. Jace Kohan. One was treated for minor injuries. Although the accident happened on the Pinellas side of the line, Tampa police investigated because the Tampa Police Department's dive team was called out to the scene.

TARPON SPRINGS

2 hurt in personal watercraft crash

Two cousins vacationing in Pinellas County were injured Sunday when they crashed into each other while riding personal watercraft in the Intracoastal Waterway near Anclote River Park, deputies said. Although one of them, a 15-year-old girl, was knocked unconscious, the injuries were not life-threatening, investigators said. The crash occurred about 10 a.m. between Anclote Island and Three Rooker Bar, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Deputies gave the following account: Helena Brown, 15, of Suffolk, Va., and Jason Parker, 29, of Mableton, Ga., took off from the park about 9:45 a.m., intending to ride their two Sea-Doo personal watercraft for a few hours. They became separated and lost sight of each other. They collided, ejecting both riders from their watercraft. Brown lost consciousness. Marine Unit deputies went to the scene and took her back to Anclote River Park, where an ambulance took her to Helen Ellis Hospital. Parker, who sustained minor injuries, was cited with violating inland navigational rules after deputies determined that Brown had the right of way.

ST. PETERSBURG

Crash leaves biker with head injury

A motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday when he struck a median and lost control of his 2009 Yamaha. John Robert Cox, 74, of 1571 Carson Circle NE, suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, according to St. Petersburg police. Cox was eastbound on Snell Isle Boulevard NE about 11 a.m. when he hit the median as he approached Palmera Boulevard NE. The motorcycle slid about 75 feet before coming to a stop. Cox was wearing a helmet, police said.

Motorcyclist killed in head-on crash

A 41-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a head-on crash Saturday night when an oncoming car veered over a concrete median and collided with him, authorities said. Phillip L. Newcomb of St. Petersburg died in the 11:20 p.m. accident on 54th Avenue N just east of Park Street, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The FHP said the other driver — Robert Cooper, 31, of Riverview — was heading west on 54th Avenue in a Pontiac Grand Prix when he went over the avenue's raised center median. He hit a signpost and veered into the eastbound lanes near 79th Street, hitting Newcomb's Yamaha motorcycle. Newcomb, who wasn't wearing a helmet, died at the scene, the FHP said. Cooper sustained minor injuries, and his female passenger wasn't injured.

Times staff

Two escape serious injury when Jeep ends up in Tampa Bay 07/05/09 [Last modified: Sunday, July 5, 2009 8:48pm]

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