Girl pinned by vessel remains in hospital

Published May 22, 2007

TAMPA - The 4-year-old girl pinned by a water scooter during a boating excursion Sunday struggles to survive at a Tampa hospital, a relative said.

Trinity Mycel Stivers of Tampa remained at St. Joseph's Hospital Monday, a day after her uncle accidentally hit her with the scooter.

Tony Regalado, 82, the girl's great-grandfather, said surgeons were still working to stop the internal bleeding. He said she had received more than 10 pints of blood transfusions.

Regalado is the grandfather of the girl's father, Derrick Stivers, 28, who was with her at the time of the 2:15 p.m. accident.

According to police, Trinity was in the water holding onto the back of a 25-foot boat anchored near the Courtney Campbell Parkway.

As the girl munched on a snack with her elbows propped on the back of the boat, her uncle, Ariel Jesus Garcia, 40, drove toward her in a personal watercraft. He tried to stop, but hit her and briefly pinned her against the boat, police said.

Derrick Stivers could not be reached for comment Monday. Regalado said he was devastated by the accident.

"He's going through hell right now, " Regalado said.

He said his great-granddaughter is a bubbly, happy child who loves animals and bouncing on the trampoline.

She also enjoys being out on the water.

Said Regalado: "It's one of the things she loves best."


Jewelry distributor leaves Rhode Island

OLDSMAR - The jewelry company responsible for adding the bling to Miss America's crown for years is making a new home in Oldsmar.

Sarah Coventry, the Rhode Island company that pioneered the direct-sales jewelry business, has moved its 20-employee distribution center and studio from Providence to Oldsmar. The company plans to add 100 jobs in the next three years.

The company's headquarters had been in Rhode Island since the 1940s.


Company to expand at Hernando airpark

BROOKSVILLE - A Danish company that makes beverage dispensing equipment has announced plans to expand and relocate its Hernando County operation.

Tissco LLC has contracted with Wagner Construction to build a 50, 000-square-foot building in the Hernando County Corporate Airpark.

The company will invest $3.4-million in capital improvements. The company employs about 50 in its Hernando operation, and that number could double.


Teacher defends herself in FCAT case

LAND O'LAKES - Moon Lake Elementary teacher Barbara Heggaton pleaded her case Monday to avoid becoming the first Pasco County teacher fired for helping students on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

School district lawyers and Heggaton have 15 days to submit final documents and proposed findings of fact to the School Board. The board is scheduled to deliberate the matter on June 19.

Heggaton remains suspended without pay.