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Man dies in crash after fight at Tampa meat market

TAMPA — A construction worker died in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday after getting into a fight at a meat market.

About noon, police say, Louis Pierre Jr. and a woman began fighting with Forrest Cooper, 38, in the parking lot of Aliana Meat Market on 22nd Street N.

A witness told the St. Petersburg Times he saw a man and woman attack the driver of a silver sedan as he sat in his car. The attackers then got into the car, which appeared to have several passengers, witness Bishop Taylor said. He saw the car rock back and forth as they fought.

Taylor called 911.

Katie Brown says the man who was being attacked was her brother, Cooper, a construction worker known as "Rocky." The woman who attacked him was Cooper's girlfriend of about five years, who had been living with him in Sulphur Springs, Brown said. She did not know the woman's full name.

Cooper drove off but crashed nearby, into a pole on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at 20th Street. He died at the scene.

Cooper had two children in his car, police say — a teenage boy who was not injured and a 21/2-year-old girl who was taken to Tampa General Hospital with injuries not considered life threatening.

The other man involved in the dispute also was taken to the hospital. His white BMW was left behind.

The woman involved in the fight was not injured, police said.

Brown said Cooper was a loving brother.

"He called me every day just to tell me he loved me," she said.

Times staff writer Jessica Vander Velde contributed to this report.

Man dies in crash after fight at Tampa meat market 10/26/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:27pm]
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