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Driver slips under car, is severely injured
By The Times Staff
Published August 19, 2007
A man was taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries late Friday after crashing his car through the security arm on Harbour Island Boulevard, ramming a security guard and then getting trapped under his vehicle.
Police say the incident started at 11:13 p.m., when the man drove a 1999 Honda through the security arm and continued into the housing area of Harbour Island. After about 15 minutes, police say, the vehicle was stopped by security at the same gate. A security guard attempted to detain the driver, police said.
The driver got out of the car but didn't put it in park. So it rolled backward. The driver tried to stop it but mistakenly stepped on the accelerator, then became pinned under the vehicle, police said.
Police said the Honda raced backward and bounced a curb, launching the car into the air. A rear tire landed on top of the driver. He was taken to TGH with "severe, possibly fatal injuries," police said.
The security guard, Charity Ellison, 32, of Ruskin, who was struck during the incident, was also taken to TGH with back pain, police said. She was released from the hospital Saturday.
The name of the driver has not been released.
Man gunned down outside apartment
Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives are investigating a homicide that happened just before midnight Friday.
According to sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway, a 41-year-old man walked outside his apartment at 6203 N 44th St. as he was having a phone conversation. He appeared to be planning to meet someone in the parking lot when witnesses said they heard several gunshots.
The victim was found dead when deputies arrived, Callaway said. Detectives were unable to identify any suspects or motives. The victim's name was withheld late Saturday pending family notification.
It was also unclear how the shooter or shooters arrived and left the scene, Callaway said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.