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Man, 51, dies after flight inside Tampa apartment

Published December 31, 2006


One man is dead following a fight late Friday in a Tampa apartment. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of David Metz, 51. Officials said Metz fought with Don Lane, 23, about 11 p.m. in Metz's apartment at 13706 N 19th St.

Betty Nidy, Metz's 48-year-old ex-wife who lived with Metz, was in the apartment, heard commotion, saw Metz and Lane fistfighting and called 911, officials said.

Metz died inside the apartment, officials said. The cause of death is pending.

Deputies arrived to find Lane walking outside on 19th Street with blood on him. Lane told deputies he had been inside the apartment because he was running from someone who was trying to rob him, deputies said.

Lane was arrested on charges of burglary with battery. He remained in jail without bond Saturday.


Dead pedestrian is from Massachusetts

A Massachusetts man was killed after he stepped out onto traffic on Memorial Causeway and was struck by a Rolls-Royce Friday.

Ryan Patrick Nolan, 22, was in Clearwater on vacation. Ralph Leon Davis, 65, of Oldsmar, struck him near Island Way about 6:30 p.m., officials said. Earlier that day, Nolan had been kicked out of a Clearwater Beach nightclub. Police said Davis stopped after the accident and did not appear to be at fault. He will most likely not be charged in Nolan's death.

Nolan, a native of Mattapoisett, a coastal town in southern Massachusetts, made it across the eastbound lanes of the divided highway, but was struck as he tried to cross the westbound lanes, which were closed for about three hours. He was pronounced dead at Morton Plant Hospital.

[Last modified December 31, 2006, 05:47:02]

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