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Woman found dead in bedroom in Largo apartment fire


Woman killed Saturday in apartment fire

A woman was killed early Saturday in an apartment fire on Canterbury Lane, officials said. The woman, who has not been identified, was in her 30s, said Largo fire division Chief David Mixson. Firefighters were called to the Canterbury Oaks Apartments at about 12:30 a.m. The woman was found in a bedroom, where authorities believe the fire started. Firefighters, who arrived in less than five minutes, were able to contain the blaze quickly. "The bedroom had quite a bit of flames," Mixson said. "It was too late for her." They also found a man outside the apartment when they arrived. Neighbors told authorities that the man, who had been inside the apartment, tried to save the woman. "What I heard was that he was in the shower, came out and saw the flames in the bedroom," Mixson said. "According to neighbors, he tried to go back in several times." The man, who also hasn't been identified, was taken to a hospital for minor injuries. Investigators have not yet determined how the fire started.


Man crashes car into pole, dies

A 34-year-old man died early Saturday morning crashing his Jaguar into a utility pole. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said Wayne Edward Wright of Westchase was going north on Gunn Highway about 2:40 a.m., exceeding the 45 mph speed limit. Near Copeland Road, Wright drove off the road for about 300 feet before hitting a pole on the passenger side. Wright died at the scene.

Motorcycle crash kills 30-year-old

A 30-year-old man died Saturday after his motorcycle rear-ended a sport utility vehicle on Memorial Highway. At 2:15 p.m., John A. Mercado was riding his 2002 Suzuki GSX R1000 motorcycle south on Memorial Highway, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office. Deputies said he failed to notice a 2003 Toyota SUV stopped in front of him to make a left turn onto Timberlane West Drive and crashed into the back of it. Mercado of Tampa was thrown off the motorcycle, and he wasn't wearing a helmet, deputies said. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died. The Toyota's driver, 78-year-old Belgica Lopez, was unharmed. Deputies are still investigating the incident.

Times staff

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