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Water scooter victim was recent Ohio transplant

Published Aug. 28, 2005

A man killed by a passing water scooter Saturday evening was identified as Steven Gibson, 41, of North Canton, Ohio.

Sheriff's spokesman Mac McMullen said Sunday that Gibson had recently moved to Florida and was staying with his parents in Lecanto. Sheriff's deputies said Gibson was being towed on an inner tube behind a water scooter operated by Jacques Simms, 31, of Tampa on the south side of the Courtney Campbell Parkway.

Another water scooter driven by Juan Carlos Nadal, 29, of Tampa struck Gibson as he was riding in the tube at more than 30 mph. Deputies from the Pinellas Sheriff's Office marine unit are still investigating the crash.