Sep 20 2012

Car Crashes Into Local Home After Striking 13-Year-Old on Bike

A former middle school principal has been arrested in Lealman, Florida following a crime spree that included strike a 13-year-old boy with his car and driving his vehicle into a private residence.

Once a highly respected Tampa educator, Anthony Giancola had been reportedly struggling in recent years with an addiction to crack cocaine that had brought his career to an end. In late June, Giancola appears to have gone on a dramatic rampage that involving multiple assaults and injuring five individuals with his car.

After assaulting a married couple that ran a nearby hotel, Giancola reportedly asked residents sitting on the porch of a home in Pinellas Park where he could find women from the seat of his car. After being asked to leave, Giancola returned and crashed his maroon Ford sedan into the porch, injury a man and three women.

Earlier that morning, Giancola appears to have intentionally attempted to run over a local 13-year-old boy by the name of Kole Price. Price was returning home on his bicycle from a morning spent fishing with his grandfather when he was struck by the Ford. Giancola allegedly hit Price again with his car before he was able to find safety hiding behind a telephone pole. The boy was not seriously injured in the incident.

Formerly known as “Mr. G.” by his students, police are at a loss to explain what may have overcome Giancola that day.

“There’s no nexus,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri in a statement to the media, “No connection between the suspect and the victims as we know it.”


Sep 16 2012

Pedestrian Killed in Largo Car Accdent

A local resident was killed Sunday in a Largo car accident involving a Ford Taurus and a pedestrian on Seminole Boulevard.

Shortly before 8:00 pm, 56-year-old Michael Patrick Bain of Largo, Florida was attempting to cross Seminole Boulevard at the corner of 110th Avenue when he was struck by a car. He was approaching from the east and heading west across the street when the accident occurred. According to a spokesperson from the Florida Highway Patrol, Thomas R. Lardani, 71, was traveling south on the boulevard when Bain stepped into the path of his 1997 Ford Taurus.

Bain sustained serious injuries in the car accident and was transported to Largo Medical Center. He later passed away due to the severity of his injuries, according to a report released by the police department. Lardani was not severely injured in the collision but did sustain minor injuries.

Although the Largo car accident is still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver has not been charged with any wrongdoing regarding the incident.


Sep 13 2012

Retired Largo Biker Killed in Hernando County Motorcycle Accident

Friends and family members are mourning a Largo grandmother who was recently killed at the age of 71 in a local motorcycle accident.

Lu Hadderman was riding as a passenger on a blue BMW motorcycle with Clearwater resident George Talcott heading south on US 41 when the fatal collision occurred. While making their way through northern Hernando County, a 2006 Chrysler entering the highway from Lake Lindsey Road crashed into the pair.

Talcott, 75, was severely injured in the motorcycle accident and transported to Bayonet Point Hospital for treatment. Hadderman was also treated for serious injuries but passed away in a matter of hours due to the severity of her injuries.

According to statements that Hadderman’s family made to the press, motorcycles had always played a big role in her life. Her youngest son began riding a dirt bike at the age of eight, and she had enjoyed riding with Talcott frequently during the last two years. Hadderman had lost both an adult nephew and a fiance to separate motorcycle accidents over the course of her life.

The Chrysler that struck Hadderman and Talcott was driven by Richard Miller. His vehicle also struck a 2003 Chevy Tahoe driven by Christine Zoucha in a head-on collision, but no one was seriously injured in the accident.


Sep 10 2012

Family Angered by Closing of Fatal Brooksville Car Accident Case

Family members of a pedestrian who was killed in a Brooksville car accident are outraged that no criminal charges have been filed against the driver behind the wheel of the vehicle that struck and killed 73-year old Josefa Rodriguez.

During the morning hours of July 28, Rodriguez was walking south using a crosswalk at the intersection of Aerial Way and Spring Hill Drive. According to a traffic homicide investigator, James Paul Conaty was traveling at a speed of approximately 45 mph when he ran a red light at the intersection and struck Rodriguez.

Rodgriguez was killed by the force of the collision. Conaty was seriously injured and had to be transported by air to a local hospital. Although authorities had initially suspected that Conaty may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident, they were unable to complete a reliable toxicology screening on the driver.

Investigators were unable to make this determination due to the fact that Conaty was administered medication by emergency responders following the accident, and this medication could have mixed with certain recreational substances that may have been in his system. As a result, investigators concluded that Conaty could not be charged with manslaughter related to driving under the influence.

Conaty has previously served time in prison due to a DUI with bodily injury charge and been convicted of driving under the influence on two other occasions. His hearing for the citation of running a red light was held earlier this month.


Sep 6 2012

Drunk Driver Arrested Following Sarasota Car Accident

A resident of Sarasota has been arrested for driving under the influence as well as other charges after apparently causing a car accident on Main Street.

According to Sarasota Police, 48-year-old Jacqueline Lee Azevedo had more than than double the legal limit of alcohol in her system to be driving when a blood alcohol test was administered following the collision.

Azevdeo was allegedly heading east on Main Street in Sarasota, Florida when she shifted her vehicle into reverse and collided with a nearby vehicle. Following the collision, Azevedo abandoned the scene of the accident and pulled into a nearby parking garage.

When police officers arrived on the scene, they soon found Azevedo on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. Azevedo was taken into custody by officers at approximately midnight on Saturday.

After administering multiple breath tests at the jail, authorities determined that she had been driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.17. According to Florida state law, a driver is legally impaired if he or she has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.

According to police reports, Azevdeo was held on three charges related to the Sarasota car accident. These charges included a hit and run, DUI involving property damage and DUI with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or higher.