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Tampa go-kart driver still critical after Friday crash

TAMPA — Minutes before a 28-year-old man was hit by a pick-up truck while driving his homemade go-kart across N Nebraska Avenue, someone called police to report a reckless go-kart driver in the area, according to Tampa Police.

Officials at St. Joseph's Hospital said Patrick Brantley, of 508 E Flora St., was still in critical condition Saturday night.

Brantley was zipping down E Flora Street when he tried to cross N Nebraska Avenue just before 6 p.m. Friday, said Lt. Dave Goodman of the Tampa Police.

He made it across three lanes before he was hit by a Ford F-150 driven by Geoffrey Martin.

According to police, Martin was well within the speed limit.

Goodman said residents in the E Flora Street neighborhood had been lodging complaints for months about a go-kart disrupting the peace but he could not confirm if Brantley was the person responsible.

Brantley has been arrested before but none of the charges were related to go-karting.

No charges have been filed against either driver.

Tampa go-kart driver still critical after Friday crash 03/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 6, 2010 9:29pm]
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