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St. Petersburg man dies in car crash

A 20-year-old man riding in the back seat of a car was killed early Saturday when the car's driver lost control and hit a tree, police said.

Noel Houndji, 20, died instantly, police said. He lived at 7216 Grevilla Ave. S in St. Petersburg near South Pasadena.

Police gave the following account of the accident:

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., a 1990 Mercedes was heading east on 38th Avenue N near 40th Street. The driver, 18-year-old Safet Mustafic, tried to pass other cars and drove across the road's center line. The car spun off the road and into a tree. Houndji was killed and and Mustafic suffered minor injuries. Two other passengers were unhurt.

The crash is under investigation.

Fisherman injured when boat engine explodes

A fishing boat captain was badly burned when a boat engine exploded Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles west of St. Petersburg.

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter based in Clearwater airlifted the 43-year-old man to Tampa General Hospital for treatment. He was listed in stable condition Saturday night.

Kevin Mix, captain of the fishing vessel Bluefin, based in Panama City, suffered burns on his arms and legs. He was doused with scalding water from the ship's boiler when an engine exploded.

Shawn McCarthy, captain of the nearby fishing boat Nemo's Bounty of Madeira Beach, came to the Bluefin's assistance and called the Coast Guard for help.

Infant's puzzling

death investigated

PINELLAS PARK _ Authorities are investigating the unexplained death of a 17-day-old infant Saturday.

Paramedics were called to 8984 59th St. N on Saturday because the baby did not appear to be breathing.

The child was pronounced dead at the home.

An autopsy will be performed because police do not know why the baby died, said Pinellas Park police Detective Ken Blessing.

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