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Woman found on street

Authorities are seeking help in identifying an elderly woman found lying on the side of a road, unable to speak. A construction worker discovered the woman just after dawn Friday, Pinellas County Sheriff's Sgt. Greg Tita said. She was lying on her back in a section of road under construction near 54th Avenue and 75th Street N. Construction workers covered the woman with a jacket and called police. The woman wore a sleeveless white floral gown, yellow and pink rollers in her hair and black canvas shoes, Tita said. Her eyes were open, but she showed no signs of reacting to people or noises around her, he said. There were no physical injuries on the woman. She was in guarded condition at Humana Hospital St. Petersburg late Friday, a nursing supervisor said. The woman, believed to be in her 60s or 70s, was carrying no identification or personal effects, Tita said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 587-6200. She is 5 feet 5, 170 pounds and has blue eyes and short, salt-and-pepper-colored hair. She had a cold sore on her lip, Tita said.

Man crushed by car

SEMINOLE _ A man replacing a muffler on his neighbor's car was crushed to death Friday when the car slipped off two jacks, investigators said. Richard C. Eastep, 43, was working underneath an Isuzu Impulse in his driveway about 6 p.m. Friday when the accident happened, Pinellas County Sheriff's Sgt. Greg Tita said. The car was held off the ground by a hydraulic jack and by a jack stand, Tita said. The car apparently slipped backward because of the incline of the driveway, he said. The car fell on Eastep's throat, Tita said. He died at the scene. Eastep lived alone in the home at 9072 Lynwood Drive in Seminole, Tita said. The Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.

Woman struck by truck

ST. PETERSBURG _ A woman who chased her dog into a busy street Friday was struck by a truck and critically injured, officials said. Tina L. Saffner, 25, was walking her dog in the 3600 block of Sixth Street S Friday afternoon when the dog darted into the street, police said. Saffner ran east into Sixth Street and was struck by a southbound 1989 Ford pickup truck driven by Zeffery Mims, 28, of 3624 Sunfish Drive S, a police press release said. Saffner, of 718 36th Ave. S, underwent surgery Friday night at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. She was in critical condition. No tickets were issued in the accident.

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