Motorcyclist dies after crash on bridge

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 30, 2007


A Largo man was killed Friday afternoon when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a truck on the northbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. According to authorities, 34-year-old John Castellano was driving on the bridge about 3:40 p.m. when the accident occurred. Castellano was attempting to change lanes when the front of his motorcycle collided with the rear of a Ford pickup truck, according to an accident report. Castellano was thrown into the rear of the truck, which was being driven by 27-year-old Angel Ortega of Tampa, according to reports. The motorcycle flipped onto the roof of the truck. Castellano, who was wearing a helmet, died at Tampa General Hospital. Ortega was charged with driving without a valid driver's license.

Pedestrian hit and killed on MLK Blvd.

The driver of a Hyundai struck and killed a pedestrian who walked into the path of her car Friday night on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Lake Drive, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Nancie Lajeunesse, 23, of Brandon, was driving west on MLK about 9:30 p.m. when a man stepped in front of her car as she neared Lake Drive, reports state. The pedestrian, who died at Tampa General Hospital, was identified as Victor Lund, 50, of Dover. Lajeunesse was not charged.

Two men shot during fracas

Tampa police are investigating a shooting early Saturday that landed two people in a hospital. According to authorities, a large fight broke out near the Gyro Shop on Nebraska Avenue near Estelle Street about 3:50 a.m. Saturday. A woman took out a gun and fired into the crowd, striking two people, one in the back and one in the chest, said Tampa police Lt. Stephen Hartnett. Authorities did not identify the men who were shot. One was in critical condition, the other in stable condition at Tampa General Hospital, Hartnett said.