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Driver killed after losing control and hitting van

A 34-year-old St. Petersburg woman was killed Friday afternoon when she lost control of her car on 38th Avenue N and ran into an oncoming minivan near Eighth Street, police said.

The woman's name was not released Friday because police were still trying to notify her family.

The woman was driving her black 1986 Buick east on 38th Avenue N when her car drifted to the right and hit a curb. After driving a short distance on the sidewalk, she slid back onto the road, across the center line and into the westbound lanes, said Officer Mike Jockers, who is investigating the crash.

The woman ran into a Pontiac minivan driven by Tammy Bradds, 30, of St. Petersburg. Inside the minivan were two children, Christina Clark and Joseph Clark III. All three were taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Police said their injuries did not appear serious.

Deputy stopping traffic hurt when car hits him

HUDSON _ A Pasco County sheriff's deputy was seriously injured and was airlifted to a hospital after being hit by a car Friday night while directing traffic on U.S. 19 at the Hudson Seafest.

The deputy, who was working an off-duty security detail, was stopping traffic in the southbound lanes when an elderly woman driving 40-45 mph ran into him, said Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.

The accident happened about 10:15 p.m. at U.S. 19 and Beacon Woods Drive, about a quarter-mile north of State Road 52.

A Bayflite helicopter flew the deputy to an area hospital, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Doll said. The deputy's name was not released because authorities were trying to notify his wife first.