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Man charged in crash of deputy, 79-year-old

Published Sep. 3, 2005

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested a man they say caused a head-on crash between a deputy's cruiser and a car driven by a 79-year-old man.

Travis Angel, 25, of 10809 Hillsborough U.S. 92 E, was charged with two counts of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, leaving the scene of property damage, aggravated fleeing and looting, resisting arrest without violence, and obstruction of justice.

Deputies said this is what happened:

Just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputy Lamont Akins pulled over Angel on suspicion of drunk driving at the corner of Causeway and 50th Street. When Akins got out of his patrol car, Angel fled in his Dodge Neon.

Heading east on Causeway, Angel's car hit a railroad track, became airborne and headed into oncoming traffic. Oleg Lyakhovetsky, 79, swerved to avoid hitting Angel, but in doing so, crossed into oncoming traffic himself and collided with the cruiser driven by Akins, who was giving chase.

Angel's car crashed into a nearby pole, and he ran away on foot.

Akins and Lyakhovetsky suffered minor injuries.

Boy shot in abdomen; suspect is sought

TAMPA _ Hillsborough deputies are looking for a man who shot a 7-year old boy in the abdomen Thursday night.

The shooting occurred at 6508 20th Avenue in Palm River.

The boy's stepfather, David Carter, answered a knock at his front door about 9:30 p.m. When he opened it, a man and woman began inquiring about the house, which is for sale, deputies say.

Carter then noticed the man, whom deputies described as Hispanic, 20 to 25 years old with black hair and a mustache, had a gun sticking out of his jeans.

Deputies say when Carter tried to close the door, the man fired two to three rounds, one striking 7-year old Guillermo Lorenzo.

No motive for the shooting has been determined.

Lorenzo was taken to Tampa General Hospital and was listed in serious condition late Thursday.