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11-year-old Tampa girl cited in car crash

An 11-year-old Tampa girl was cited Sunday afternoon for not having a driver's license after she turned the key in her father's pickup truck, and it lurched forward, hitting another car, police said. The girl, who police declined to identify because of her age, was sitting next to the driver's seat with her mother at noon in the parking lot of the Super America convenience store at 4450 East Bay Drive. The girl's father left the truck in gear with the keys in the ignition, said Largo Police Officer John Bierdeman. The girl leaned over, turned the key, and the truck hit the back of a car driven by Alex Stigol, 59, of Clearwater. No one was seriously injured, Bierdeman said.Police cruiser rammed by DUI suspect

CLEARWATER _ A police officer was hospitalized briefly Saturday night and a 74-year-old St. Petersburg man was hospitalized overnight after a Jeep rammed into the officer's cruiser, sending the cruiser into a head-on collision with the older man's car, police said. Clearwater Police Officer Daniel Anderson was driving north on U.S. 19 near Belleair Road around 10:30 p.m., said Officer Dennis Newton. Anderson slowed after seeing a possible car theft suspect and was hit from the back by a Jeep driven by 29-year-old Victor Oberschall of Tampa. The crash sent Anderson's cruiser into the southbound lane. He hit a Toyota driven by Arthur Hines of St. Petersburg, Newton said. Oberschall was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, Newton said. Hines was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center and discharged Sunday morning. Anderson, 23, was treated at Morton Plant Hospital and released, Newton said.

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