SUN CITY CENTER
A Wimauma woman died and her two daughters were in critical condition after a three-vehicle crash closed part of U.S. 301 on Monday, authorities said. Maria Ruth Ramirez, 34, was driving a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck about 3 p.m. north on U.S. 301 when she crashed into a car in front her as it slowed to turn into a driveway at 17620 U.S. 301 S, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The pickup truck then spun into the southbound lanes of the highway, where it was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado. Ramirez and her two daughters were transported to Tampa General Hospital, where she later died, the patrol said. Her daughters, ages 10 and 11, were in critical condition. The occupants of the other vehicles were unharmed.
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Man accused of multiple arsons
A 24-year-old man was arrested Monday, accused of setting three mobile homes and a tractor trailer cab ablaze, the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said. Pedro Petey Senteno III faces several charges, including two counts of arson and one count of vehicle arson. He was being held without bail late Thursday at the Hillsborough County jail. Firefighters responded to the fire at 5302 Bonita Drive prior to 6 a.m. They extinguished the blaze that engulfed three mobile homes and a tractor trailer cab. All of the mobile homes were vacant. No injuries were reported. An investigation remained under way Monday.
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Police seek man in attempted rape
Officers were searching Monday for a man they said attempted to rape a woman outside a laundry. About 2 a.m. Monday, the woman was smoking a cigarette outside the Tampa Coin Laundromat when a man wearing no pants and a ski mask approached her from behind a nearby trash bin, Tampa police said. When the woman went back inside the laundry, at 5814 N 40th St., the suspect tackled her from behind and tried to assault her. The woman told police she was able to fight him off. He then ran. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the police at (813) 231-6130.
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Collision sends three to hospital
Three people were hospitalized Sunday night after sustaining injuries in a traffic crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash was reported about 11:45 p.m. when a Dodge Magnum, driven by Jamie M. Coffey, was headed north on Nebraska Avenue and failed to stop at the red traffic light at Fletcher Avenue. Coffey crashed into a Jaguar, driven by David E. Ashwood, 30, troopers said. Coffey, 29, of Tampa, and his passenger, Christina M. Stoddard, of Brooksville, were taken to Tampa General Hospital. Stoddard, 24, sustained critical injuries and Coffey sustained serious injuries, troopers said. Ashwood, of Tampa, sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. Charges are pending, troopers said.