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    By Times staff writers

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published July 22, 2001


    Suncoast Parkway toll plaza to open Monday

    The toll plaza at Van Dyke Road, the last exit on the new Suncoast Parkway in Hillsborough County without a plaza, is scheduled to open Monday at 6 a.m.

    Toll collectors will be on site Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Drivers must use exact change between 8:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and all hours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The charge for cars is 25 cents.

    Woman injured in wreck is in fair condition

    TAMPA -- An 18-year-old woman hurt in an car accident in Carrollwood was listed in fair condition Saturday at St. Joseph's Hospital.

    Amanda France was injured Friday afternoon when the vehicle in which she was riding was hit head-on by a pickup that was trying to pass several cars near W Village Drive and Wellesford Way.

    Kathy France, 52, of 5012 Chattam Lane died at the scene. Passenger John France, Amanda's father, was in good condition at St. Joseph's.

    The driver of the pickup, David Allen Faedo, 19, was treated and released. Sheriff's officials said he had been delivering pizzas. The accident is being investigated.

    Dade City man says 2 men stole car he had borrowed

    DADE CITY -- A 33-year-old Dade City man told Pasco sheriff's deputies that he was carjacked Friday morning while sitting in a borrowed car digging for change to use a pay phone, deputies said.

    The man said he borrowed his friend's 1994 Mercury Tracer to drive to a pay phone outside SAA Beauty Supply, 37330 Lock St.

    The St. Petersburg Times is not naming the victim because the suspects have not been caught.

    About 6 a.m., two men asked him for change, he told deputies. One of the men threw a brick or rock through the car's back window. While one man opened the driver's door and started hitting him, the other tried to pull him into the back seat, he told deputies.

    He suffered cuts to his right arm and nose.

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