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Prosecutor, defender enter judicial race

By Times Staff
Published April 25, 2006

LARGO - An assistant state attorney and an assistant public defender both have announced they will seek judicial office. Glenn Martin, a prosecutor for 21 years, and Christine "Chris" Helinger, an assistant public defender for 25 years, both said they will seek the Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court judge seat held by Crockett Farnell, who has indicated he will retire after this term.

Woman injured when hit by taxicab, ejected

ST. PETERSBURG - A woman who was headed to work in her minivan on Pinellas Point Drive S on Monday morning was hit by a taxicab and ejected from her car as it spun and hit another vehicle turning onto Interstate 275.

Patricia O'Neil received cuts and bruises, a broken arm and lost several teeth when she was ejected from the vehicle about 8:35 a.m., said St. Petersburg police Officer Randy Krause.

Witnesses say she was thrown out of the vehicle's passenger-side window and rolled on the concrete until she came to a rest in the median separating Pinellas Point Drive S from I-275's northbound entrance.

Witnesses say the driver of the cab, Robert Hughes II, hit O'Neil after driving through a stop sign on Sunshine Skyway Lane S at Pinellas Point Drive S. Hughes was cited for failure to yield/stop at a stop sign.

O'Neil, Hughes and his fare, Ella Jones, were taken to Bayfront Medical Center. The driver of the Jeep, Roslyn Cunningham, was not injured.

Collision kills driver crossing 54th Avenue

ST. PETERSBURG - A man was killed early Monday morning after a car he was driving collided with another vehicle on 54th Avenue N.

The man, whose name was not released pending notification of his next of kin, was crossing 54th Avenue N while northbound on 35th Way N when he was hit by a car driven by Evalyn F. Dunn about 6:30 a.m., according to the report by the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to the report, the man failed to yield to the right of way and traveled into the path of Dunn's vehicle. The impact of the collision sent the unidentified man's vehicle spinning into an outside westbound lane of 54th Avenue N, the report stated.

He was taken to Northside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Dunn was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

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