I-275 fatal crash caused by drunken driver, FHP says

By Times Staff Writers
Published December 2, 2007


A 33-year-old construction worker was arrested on a DUI-manslaughter charge early Saturday in connection with a Friday evening crash that killed a man and shut down Interstate 275 for several hours.

Joseph H. Lenahan of Largo had a blood-alcohol level of 0.309 when he caused the crash near the 54th Avenue N exit, Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported. That is nearly four times the level at which Florida law presumes someone too impaired to drive.

Troopers said Lenahan was driving recklessly and aggressively when he caused the crash.

The identity of the man killed in the crash was not released Saturday. FHP officials said the man lived out of state and his family had not been notified.


4.9M gallons of water later, scrap fire out

A fire that burned 27 hours at the Trademark Metals Recycling yard was extinguished Saturday morning, Tampa Fire Rescue said.

The fire started Friday morning at the scrap yard at 4201 Maritime Blvd. in the Port of Tampa.

Fire crews used about 4.9-million gallons of water - an average of 3,000 gallons of water each minute, to douse the flames, firefighters said.

The fire burrowed deep into a huge pile of scrap. Firefighters worked with employees of the recycling facility to dig down to the base of the fire.

No one was injured.