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Woman dies when bus hits her car

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 2, 2007


An 81-year-old Pinellas Park woman died after the car she was driving collided with a bus Friday night, police said.

Theresa Brock was eastbound on 17th Avenue North when she either stopped, then accelerated, or failed to stop at 49th Street North and 17th Avenue North, according to St. Petersburg police.

As she entered the intersection she was hit on the driver's side by a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus. Brock's sister, Jean McDonald of New Port Richey, was a passenger in the car.

The bus, driven by Tab Ward, 50, swerved into a third vehicle, driven by Rheba Eubanks, 47. Eubanks' car was pushed into oncoming traffic, police said.

Brock and McDonald were transported to a hospital, where Brock died hours later. McDonald was treated for life-threatening injuries.

Neither Eubanks nor Ward was injured. Two of the passengers on the bus were injured. No charges have been filed.


Officer fires shot at vehicle that hit him

A St. Petersburg police officer fired a shot at a car that hit him early Saturday morning as he was on foot trying to disperse a crowd.

Officer Brian Burton, 23, was lifted onto the hood of a white Cadillac that had accelerated toward him at the Food Max Store, 1400 18th Avenue S, where he was clearing a crowd.

Burton suffered minor bumps and bruises. He was treated and released from a local hospital.

The car was later spotted by officers and chased to 20th Avenue S and 30th Street, where the driver and a passenger fled on foot. Only the passenger was captured, though police later released him. Police said they had no evidence that anyone was wounded by Burton's shot. Police dogs and a helicopter were brought in for a search.

Internal affairs is investigating the incident, as is routine for any police shooting.


Shooting victim was a Tampa man

Police have identified the man killed in a Friday evening shooting outside an East Tampa home as Andre Coachman, 19, of 3201 E Caracas St.

Coachman was visiting a friend at 3220 E Caracas St. when a pickup truck approached and two people in the bed fired several rounds at him, hitting him in the head, then drove away westbound, said Tampa police Lt. Craig Sawicki.

The incident happened about 8:30 p.m. When police arrived the victim was lying in the yard. He died en route to Tampa General Hospital.

The shooters are described as ranging in age from 13 to 19, in a 1990s Ford F-150 pickup with a silver bottom and tinted windows, Sawicki said. The motive for the shooting remains unknown.


Sprinklers douse fire at pool-supply office

A fire broke out at a pool-supply business Saturday morning but was quickly extinguished, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Capt. Bruce Delk said.

Firefighters arrived at Paradise Pool at 11645 Boyette Road to find that a sprinkler system had extinguished the flames. A hazmat team was called because of the chemicals in the building, but no chemicals were released, said Delk.

Smoke and water damaged three buildings in the same strip mall, Delk said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Times staff

[Last modified December 1, 2007, 23:22:25]

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