St. Petersburg Times Online: News of the Tampa Bay area
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
  • Four seniors named winners of Times scholarships
  • Iraq: Unfurling the past to honor them
  • Iraq: Politics divide mother, daughter
  • Water Q&A
  • Engineers warned of weak pipe
  • Terror Indictments: Witnesses vouch for Al-Arian's character
  • Iraq: Assassinated leader's wife urges peace
  • Iraq: Surplus sales surge, but not to 9/11 heights
  • Iraq: Varied missions radiate from base
  • Iraq: Families keep their guard up
  • Forever altered
  • Spring debuts with a slosh
  • Political junkie: Consultant seeking positive relationship with Scientologists
  • Tampa subregional: What's basketball without madness?
  • Mother and 3 children injured in accident
  • Obituary: Philanthropist, avid Yankees fan
  • Rape report to remain a secret

    Print story Subscribe to the Times

    Mother and 3 children injured in accident

    © St. Petersburg Times
    published March 22, 2003

    BROOKSVILLE -- A 30-year-old woman and her three children were seriously injured Friday evening when their pickup overturned near the Suncoast Parkway.

    Four helicopters took the family to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

    Their names and conditions were unavailable Friday night. Authorities said the children range in age from 6 to 10.

    Some rescue crews and onlookers thought the pickup might have tumbled from the northbound lanes of the Suncoast Parkway.

    But the Florida Highway Patrol said the woman was driving west on Centralia Avenue at 6 p.m. when she lost control of the truck and overturned near the parkway overpass.

    Within minutes, Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to the scene and pulled all four from the mangled truck.

    "They were fairly calm," said Aaron Stafford, an emergency medical technician from Brooksville who called 911 when he saw the woman and her children pinned inside the truck.

    A path of skid marks led to the overturned truck, and a red gas container lay on the shoulder of the road.

    Keith Brand of Brooksville said that when he pulled his car up to the wreck, the mother was lying in the back of truck.

    "When I got here, she was half lying in the cab, half lying on the ground," Brand said. "She was just asking for her children."

    Authorities did not say why the woman careened out from the road or whether she or her children were wearing seat belts.

    A preliminary investigation revealed no signs of alcohol or drugs.

    Print story Subscribe to the Times

    Back to Tampa Bay area news
    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
    Special Links
    Mary Jo Melone
    Howard Troxler

    From the Times
    local news desks