January 17, 2021

Teen girl killed after tow truck backs into car’s path, troopers say

A 15-year-old Spring Hill girl died in a Monday afternoon crash where Florida Highway Patrol troopers said a tow truck backed into the path of the car she was riding in.

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At 3:13 p.m. a Mazda Miata convertible, driven by a 17-year-old boy with the 15-year-old as a passenger, was headed east on County Line Road near Spring Time Street near the Pasco County-Hernando County line, troopers said. A tow truck reversed from a driveway into the street, and the convertible hit its flatbed.

The girl died at the scene, troopers said. Neither driver was injured. None of those involved have been named.

The Florida Highway Patrol stopped naming those involved in traffic collisions earlier this year due to its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment passed in 2018 that was designed to protect victims

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Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by car in Allentown; car’s occupants flee on foot

a bright light in a dark room: A pedestrian is in critical condition at an area hospital after being hit by a car Thursday night in Allentown, police said.

A pedestrian is in critical condition at an area hospital after being hit by a car Thursday night in Allentown, police said.

A pedestrian is in critical condition at an area hospital after being hit by a car Thursday night in Allentown, police said.

A 50-year-old man was hit by a four-door sedan at 7:28 p.m. at Hanover Avenue and East Linden Street, after which the car’s occupants fled on foot, Assistant police Chief Bill Lake said.

The man suffered “life-threatening injuries” and was taken to an area hospital, Lake said. Police aren’t releasing his identity.

The intersection was still closed nearly two hours later, and police were diverting traffic while continuing to investigate. Police have no details available on the number of people who fled, or descriptions.

Anyone with information is asked to call Allentown police at 610-437-7721.

Morning Call reporter Andrew Scott

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Legal drivers a premium in returning cars home: Olmsted Township Police Blotter


Warrant: Stearns Road

An officer stopped a car at 1:27 a.m. Oct. 4 on Stearns Road since the owner showed an open warrant in Florida. He learned the motorist was driving on a suspended license. Florida authorities told officers they should tell the driver about the warrant as he was out of the pickup radius. The driver was cited and given the option to have a friend take possession of the car rather than have it towed. When the friend arrived, however, she had an open warrant for her arrest through North Olmsted. That city’s police arrived shortly to pick her up. Eventually, enough people – without warrants – arrived and drove the cars away.

Juvenile complaint: Tuttle Road

Police went to the pond area on Tuttle Road at 6:26 p.m. Oct. 3. The caller said he saw two teenagers place baseball bats and masks into

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UTA piloting transportation program that includes free rides, driverless cars


IMAGE: A driverless car like the one pictured will be on Arlington streets early in 2021.
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Credit: city of Arlington

A team led by Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi of The University of Texas at Arlington has received $606,457 to help launch a new public transportation pilot program in downtown Arlington and on UTA’s campus that features autonomous vehicles. During the technology deployment phase, this new service will offer free rides for UT Arlington students and other passengers.

Kermanshachi, an assistant professor of civil engineering, is leading UT Arlington’s research efforts. Other investigators include Jay Rosenberger, professor in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering and interim director of the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars (CTEDD); Greg Hladik, director of UTA Parking and Transportation Services; and Amir Shahmoradi, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics.

The project is part of a $1.7 million Federal Transportation

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MSP arrest man who allegedly threw sandbags off I-96 overpass, hit car’s windshield

LYON TOWNSHIP, MI — Michigan State Police have arrested a man who allegedly threw several 40-pound sandbags off of an overpass at cars traveling along I-96 Sunday night. MSP troopers were called by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office around 11 p.m. Sunday for assistance with an accident investigation.

MSP arrived at the scene along westbound I-96 near Old Plank Road and took over the investigation which determined that a male suspect crashed his truck near the overpass. After crashing, the suspect walked up the Old Plank Road overpass, which is currently under construction.

Once in the construction zone, the suspect allegedly began hurling sandbags off the overpass and was trying to strike passing vehicles on the freeway. One vehicle was hit by a sandbag which crashed through her windshield, according to police. That victim suffered serious injuries as a result of the incident and was taken to a nearby hospital

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Rail dining car’s life extended in Minnesota woods

I bought a crew dining car from the railroad yard in Brainerd for $150 in 1966. It had four windows on each side and a door on each end. For $75 I had it transported about 28 miles, including the railroad ties to set it on. I intended to use it for deer and grouse hunting.

The car, located near Motley, Minn., sits on 40 acres. It is 40-by-8 and, despite some weak spots in the walls, made of solid oak. There are spaces for six beds, with cooking facilities and a heater. A restroom is outside with its own shelter.

I have hunted there for 54 years. First with two hunting partners for about 45 of them before they passed. I’ve also hunted with sons, daughters, sons-in-law, and grandsons. We have had so many wonderful years of hunting, taking many deer. There are so many great memories of hunting,

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