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    By Times staff reports

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001


    Man fatally shot outside dance club

    TAMPA -- A man died of gunshot wounds early Saturday morning after arguing with another man in the parking lot of an exotic dance club.

    According to Tampa police, the two men began arguing about 2 a.m. outside Shangri-La at 2310 N Dale Mabry Highway. Both fired shots.

    The wounded man was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died about 2:30 a.m.

    Police have not released his name or revealed whether they have a suspect.

    Driver injured when vehicle rolls over

    TAMPA -- The driver of a Nissan Pathfinder was in St. Joseph's Hospital on Saturday night after the sport utility vehicle rolled and landed upside down.

    The driver's two daughters, ages 11 and 12, weren't injured, but their father suffered broken bones, said Hillsborough County sheriff's investigator John Duran.

    Duran said the driver, whose name has not been released, was traveling south on Memorial Highway about 9:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle. It skidded onto a grassy median just south of Hillsborough Avenue and flipped.

    Firefighters removed the driver. Duran said alcohol was not a factor in the accident, nor were other cars involved.

    84-year-old woman struck by car crossing SR 590

    CLEARWATER -- An 84-year-old woman was seriously injured Saturday when she was hit by a car as she crossed State Road 590.

    Eleuteria Contreras, who lives at 2720 State Road 590, near where she was hit, was listed in serious condition at Bayfront Medical Center Saturday night after she was taken there by helicopter.

    Contreras was walking west on the busy road about 9:15 a.m. heading to a store, said her husband, Rodolpho De Galindo.

    At Evans Drive, Contreras stepped into traffic as she was crossing to the south side of the road and was struck by a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Dorothy Graham, 77, of Clearwater.

    Graham was not speeding and tried to avoid hitting her, said Clearwater police spokesman Wayne Shelor. The accident is under investigation, and no charges were filed Saturday.

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