Less than a week after he was injured in a bizarre accident, sixth-grader Johnathon Ferland received a warm reception when he returned to school Monday.
Officials from various city and community agencies honored the 11-year-old Largo Middle School student for his commitment to wearing a bicycle helmet.
The black Razor helmet likely saved Johnathon's life after a pole fell on his head the afternoon of Jan. 29, police officials say.
Largo police Chief Lester Aradi praised Johnathon for making good decisions.
"We have too many examples of people who did things the wrong way, with tragic consequences," he said.
Aradi gave Johnathon a new helmet and a certificate of recognition before honoring the crossing guards who attended to him before paramedics arrived that afternoon.
Driver makes wrong turn, dies in collision
A 25-year-old woman was killed late Sunday after a turn into the wrong lane resulted in a head-on crash, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.
Authorities said Amber R. Logan was headed north on Falkenburg Road in a 1996 Honda Civic when she tried to turn west onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Instead, a Highway Patrol report shows Logan turned into the eastbound lanes and into the path of an oncoming 2007 Ford Focus driven by Nicolle Moyer, 18, of Brandon.
Both women were taken to Tampa General Hospital, where Logan, of 405 E Chelsea St., was later pronounced dead. Moyer's condition was not available.
Bollea hearing moved: Nick Bollea's pretrial hearing was moved from Wednesday to Feb. 19. Bollea, 17, is facing a felony charge of reckless driving with serious bodily injury after he crashed his Toyota Supra into a palm tree on Aug. 26. The crash critically injured his friend, John Graziano, 22.