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Driver sought in hit-and-run crash

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 11, 2001

HOLIDAY -- The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of a car that struck and killed a pedestrian Friday.

John M. Holmes, 46, of Holiday was trying to cross U.S. 19 from west to east at Bonita Road at 9:45 p.m. when he was struck by a car driving south.

FHP troopers said the car left the scene. Based on evidence collected at the scene, the car is possibly a 1993-1994 Mitsubishi Mirage with damage to the right side mirror area. The color of the vehicle is not known, said FHP officials.

Holmes, who had moved to Holiday from Clearwater one year ago, was a carpet installer.

If you have information about this crash, call Cpl. M.L. Styers with the Florida Highway Patrol-Land O'Lakes District at (727) 841-4181, ext. 129 or ext. 130.

Man charged with hitting roommate

MOON LAKE -- A 21-year-old man was charged Wednesday morning with aggravated battery and false imprisonment after deputies said he struck his roommate in the face and then refused to allow his roommate to leave the house.

Raymond Rebensky of 12518 Lacey Drive told Pasco County sheriff's deputies that his roommate, Kevin Watford, had three friends over shortly after midnight. The trio started to fight with Watford, deputies said, and Rebensky tried to stop the fight.

During the altercation, Watford punched Rebensky, said authorities, cutting him above his left eye and chipping a tooth. Watford told deputies that he accidentally struck Rebensky.

Rebensky said he tried to leave the house, but Watford would not let him leave. Watford said he was trying to apologize to his roommate. A few minutes later, Watford let Rebensky leave, and he went to a friend's house to call police.

Rebensky, who is a 48-year-old Gulf High School teacher, told deputies that he would drive himself to the emergency room for treatment.

Watford, 21, was booked into the county jail in Land O'Lakes and was released on supervised recognizance onWednesday.

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