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Deputies say Seminole road rage incident began with litter

SEMINOLE — An argument over littering led to a street fight that left one man seriously injured and three people arrested, authorities said.

It happened near 113th Street and 102nd Avenue in unincorporated Seminole about 8 p.m. Sunday when two cars on 113th Street stopped at a red light at Park Boulevard.

Sterling Goodloe, 17, of Clearwater was in the back seat of a 2001 BMW and threw a plate and a fork out his window at the light, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

A 47-year-old passenger in the other vehicle started yelling at Goodloe.

Troy McKenna of 5647 Bayview Drive in Seminole and Goodloe continued yelling and insulting each other as the light turned green, their cars swerving through traffic, deputies said.

McKenna's wife, who was driving, tried staying behind so the BMW would go on, deputies said. The couple's son was also in the car.

Both vehicles stopped at 102nd Avenue, with the BMW in front, deputies said.

Troy McKenna got out of his car and approached the BMW, prompting Goodloe and another passenger to leave their car and start fighting, deputies said.

Goodloe and Brandon Harvey, 17, punched and kicked McKenna several times, deputies said. McKenna was seriously injured, they said, and flown to Bayfront Medical Center.

The teens and their 26-year-old driver, Miranda Coyle, drove away, deputies said. The three people in the BMW were all related, deputies said.

McKenna's wife and son were able to write down the BMW's license plate number before it fled. They turned it over to deputies, who located Goodloe, Harvey and Coyle and persuaded them to return to the scene.

Deputies arrested Goodloe and Harvey, both of 3121 Mary L. Road, on a felony charge of aggravated battery. They were taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center.

Deputies arrested Coyle, of 5911 110th Way N, on a charge of being an accessory after the fact. She was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

When tempers flare on the road, law enforcement officials say it's not good to get out of the car. "It's definitely something that we do not recommend," said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

And if you see littering?

It's against the law, so take down the tag number if you wish and report it, Barreda said.

Deputies say Seminole road rage incident began with litter 04/12/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 12, 2010 11:52pm]
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