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.”


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