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    By MICHAEL SANDLER

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published August 19, 2001


    Boy injured in hit-and-run

    TAMPA -- A boy riding a motorized scooter was seriously injured Friday night after he was struck by a speeding car.

    Omar Cabrara, 12, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with two broken legs and a wound to the back of his head. Although he was listed in serious condition Saturday, his father said he was conscious and talking.

    "I was talking to him and he said he was sorry," said Mark Cabrara, the boy's father. "He said, "I love you.' That's all I wanted to hear. He's a strong boy."

    Police said he was riding his scooter with a friend about 10 p.m. when he attempted to cross Manhattan Avenue near Oklahoma Avenue.

    He crossed just as two cars traveling southbound at high speeds passed, and one of the cars struck him. The boy fell in the roadway. Both vehicles drove off.

    Police said witnesses decribed one of the vehicles as an early 1990s Ford Escort.

    Cabrara said his son has been riding the motorized scooter for two years and normally wears his helmet but was uncertain if he had it on at the time of the collision.

    Doctors told him his son, a seventh-grader at Monroe Middle School, will likely be in a wheelchair for the next four or five months before he can begin using crutches.

    Early Friday, Maria Farfan, 16, an 11th-grader at Wharton High, was seriously injured when struck by a minivan. The driver of the van drove off and has not been located.

    Farfan remained in serious condition at Tampa General Hospital on Saturday.

    Man wounded in face in shooting at parking lot

    A man waiting to meet someone in a parking lot was shot in the face Saturday night.

    Robert Marshal, 34, told deputies he was just getting out of his car about 6:30 p.m. at the Windemere Apartments at U.S. 301 and Causeway Boulevard when he was shot, said sheriff's spokesman Rod Reder.

    He was in fair condition Saturday night at Tampa General Hospital.

    Reder said no suspects have been identified.

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