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Woman driving wrong way on I-275 killed in head-on crash

Manatee County

Woman driving wrong way killed in collision

A 37-year-old Ruskin woman died in a head-on collision early Saturday morning in northern Manatee County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jill K. Ashby was driving her Nissan Altima south in a northbound lane of Interstate 275 near Palmetto when she collided with a northbound Dodge pickup truck at about 2:30 a.m., troopers said.

Ashby was pronounced dead a short time later by the Medical Examiner's Office. The truck driver, 50-year-old Larry T. Dickinson of Clearwater, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries.

Northbound I-275 was closed from about 3 to 6 a.m.


Duplex blaze may be arson

Investigators say someone intentionally set fire to a vacant duplex in east Tampa early Saturday. No one was hurt, and the arsonist remained at large Saturday evening. Tampa police officers and firefighters arrived at the two-story home at 5104 E 28th Ave. at about 6:40 a.m. The blaze was under control in about 15 minutes. The Tampa Fire Marshal's Office has determined that the fire was set inside the building.

Dade City

Motorcyclist killed in crash

A 19-year-old man was killed Saturday when a truck struck the motorcycle he was riding in the Dade City area, troopers said. Corey D. Gillette was riding a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle west on Clinton Avenue about 11:50 a.m. when an 18-wheel truck turned in front of him at Cindy Lane, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Gillette of Dade City was thrown from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck's driver, Jeffrey D. Kehrer, 51, of Clearwater, was not injured, the patrol said. The accident is still under investigation.


Owl hit by car euthanized

A great horned owl that was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 had to be euthanized because of the seriousness of its injuries. The driver had thought the bird had died when it was hit Thursday but then found it stuck in the car's grill Friday morning. The bird was taken to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Island. The center's executive director said the bird had two broken wings, a broken leg and internal bleeding.

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Woman driving wrong way on I-275 killed in head-on crash 02/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 12, 2011 11:04pm]
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