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Woman, 19, dies when car flips on I-75

BROOKSVILLE

Woman, 19, dies when car flips several times

A Tampa woman died Saturday night when the car in which she was a passenger left the road and rolled several times on Interstate 75 in Hernando County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Tessa Byers, 19, was ejected from the car as it rolled. She died at the scene, the patrol said. Russell Colleran, 19, was driving the Dodge Caliber north on I-75, just south of State Road 50, when, for unknown reasons, the car veered off the road and onto a grass shoulder, the patrol said. It overturned several times. Colleran, who is also from Tampa, was taken to Pasco Regional Hospital with serious injuries. The incident remains under investigation.

TAMPA

Man killed in crash on I-4 exit ramp

A Tampa man died Sunday morning when his car struck the support beams of an overpass at the Interstate 4 exit ramp to northbound Interstate 75, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Luis F. Valencia, 23, was driving east on the I-4 exit ramp about 4:45 a.m. when he lost control of his Mazda 6, the patrol said. The car left the road, traveled across the paved shoulder into the overpass embankment and struck the support beams. Valencia died at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.

LAND O'LAKES

Deputies probe two deaths

A 91-year-old woman was found dead Sunday morning in her daughter's pool at 11841 Kent Grove Drive, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies said the victim suffered from Alzheimer's disease, according to Bay News 9. The Sheriff's Office had not released her name. Pasco deputies on Sunday also were investigating a second unrelated death. An elderly man was found dead in the road near Elfers Parkway and Ring Gold Avenue in New Port Richey. His name was not released.

ST. PETERSBURG

County seeks input for budget gap

The first of two public meetings for Pinellas County residents to address the county's estimated $21.5 million general fund budget short­fall is set for Thursday. The meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St. in Palm Harbor. The next meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 15 at Dixie Hollins High School, 4940 62nd St. N in St. Petersburg.

Today's picks

HERNANDO COUNTY

Academia Hernando Winter 2011 Lecture Series: "Touring the Classics That Shaped Literature and Art," presented by Betsy Hatton Wood. 10 a.m. $8 per lecture. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

PASCO COUNTY

Ballroom dancing: 10 a.m.-noon and 7-8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 1433 Hicks Road, Hudson. Morning class is $10; $8 in the evening. Singles are welcome. (727) 861-3033.

Today's meetings

HERNANDO COUNTY

Hernando County Commission, 9 a.m., hearing on Hernando Beach dredge project, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

Times staff

Woman, 19, dies when car flips on I-75 03/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 6, 2011 11:21pm]
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