Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

11th body found in pickup truck days after deadly I-75 crashes

Days after one of the deadliest crashes in Florida history, the body of an eleventh person was discovered in a pickup truck Tuesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Alachua County medical Examiner's Office found the unidentified body inside a Dodge pickup truck that officials originally believed only contained two people.

Those two have not yet been identified due to severe burns.

According to the FHP, the Dodge crashed into a tractor trailer on the southbound side of I-75 early Sunday, as visibility dropped suddenly due to fog and smoke cover.

Nearly two dozen vehicles were involved in the deadly pileup, including six semitrailer trucks.

Meanwhile, the Medical Examiner's Office identified Vontavia Kiara Robinson, 22, of Williston as one of the victims Tuesday.

At the time of the crash, she was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix south on I-75 with a passenger, who has not yet been identified.

Multiple investigations have been launched to evaluate the FHP's decision to reopen the road at 3:26 a.m. Sunday, about half an hour before the pileup that sent about 20 people to the hospital.

Comments

Second Ruskin man sought in theft of cell tower equipment that interrupted service

TAMPA —The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has obtained a warrant for the arrest of a second suspect in the theft of batteries from cell phone towers that interrupted phone service and the 911 emergency call system.Investigators are looking for ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida Missing Child Alert canceled for Jacksonville boy, 2

Florida Missing Child Alert canceled for Jacksonville boy, 2

A Jacksonville boy, 2, who was reported missing early Thursday morning, has been found safe.A Florida Missing Child Alert has been canceled for Legend Jones, who had last been seen in the 1900 block of Fouraker Road in Jacksonville, according to the ...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Palm Harbor woman, 23, killed while crossing Seminole Boulevard

SEMINOLE — A Palm Harbor woman was killed Thursday night after she was struck by an SUV while crossing Seminole Boulevard.The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. just north of 53rd Avenue N, deputies said.According to deputies, 23-year-old Kala Gombos...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Crash downs power lines, closes N Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — A portion of North Florida Avenue is closed in downtown Tampa as TECO crews repair downed power lines after a crash late Wednesday night.The crash occurred around 11:35 p.m. at the intersection of N Florida Avenue and E Fortune Street, accord...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Officials applaud shark-dragging arrests, hopeful for stricter animal cruelty penalties

Officials applaud shark-dragging arrests, hopeful for stricter animal cruelty penalties

TAMPA — A viral video drew anger and outrage after it showed a flailing shark tethered to a boat, and three men laughing as its lifeless body thrashed in the waters behind them.In the video, which surfaced on social media in July, the men — Michael W...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pinellas sheriff disciplines deputies in arrest, but not for excessive force (w/video)

Pinellas sheriff disciplines deputies in arrest, but not for excessive force (w/video)

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has suspended two deputies after an internal investigation found they violated agency policies during the arrest of a 25-year-old man that turned violent.The sheriff handed down 15 days to Deputy Alexander Edge, who Gua...
Updated: 3 hours ago
St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested several people, including a son of a prominent flooring store chain’s late founder, as part of an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in an alley last year. The w...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Lost cell signal recently? The culprit could be a 40-year-old Ruskin man who deputies said stole thousands of dollars worth of the equipment that powers cell towers. The theft interrupted cell tower signals on at least two occasions, deputies said, i...
Published: 12/13/17
St. Petersburg police sergeant demoted after throwing bullet at fellow officer

St. Petersburg police sergeant demoted after throwing bullet at fellow officer

ST. PETERSBURG — A long-tenured St. Petersburg police sergeant and executive vice president of the local police union is being demoted to the rank of officer after he threw a bullet at another sergeant while on duty, the department said Wednesday.Jam...
Published: 12/13/17

Train strikes stalled semi, out spills frozen chicken, beef and fish

LAKELAND — Residents got some frozen treats the hard way Wednesday morning, hours after a CSX train struck a semitrailer truck, splitting it in half and spilling its load of frozen beef, chicken and fish onto the roadway.The train was traveling from ...
Published: 12/13/17