Woman killed in freak accident PINELLAS PARK – A 74-year-old woman was killed Aug. 18 when she was crushed against a wall in a freak accident while standing in front of a building. Dorothy Spann, 74, of Pinellas Park died of multiple injuries at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg.
The driver, Phillis Corrow, 76, also of Pinellas Park, was charged with careless driving. Officer Ron McKenzie, traffic homicide investigator, said Spann was standing in front of medical offices at 4561 Mainlands Blvd. Corrow pulled into the parking lot and pushed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake. The car jumped a concrete wheel stop, sped across the sidewalk and pinned Spann against the brick wall. Damage to the building was termed by police as slight.
Man injured in accident PINELLAS PARK – A St. Petersburg man was injured Aug. 15 after he allegedly lost control of his car that rolled over and knocked down a concrete pole. Taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg by a Bayflight helicopter was Nelson J. Toombs, 57, who suffered various injuries. Officer John McNeil said Toombs left U.S. 19 at the 49th Street exit when he lost control of the car that became airborne. It was estimated that the car was traveling between 60 and 70 mph at the time of the accident. No charges have been lodged pending the outcome of blood tests.
Motorists ticketed at school PINELLAS PARK – Seven motorists were ticketed for illegal parking near Rollins Elementary School after complaints by a neighbor. Sgt. Paul Andrews said vehicles illegally parked near the school received $15 parking summonses after a local man alleged that parents were leaving their cars and walking children into the school. Police said some cars are left in no parking zones for long periods of time.
Teens escape gun charges PINELLAS PARK – Two teenagers received a stern warning from police Aug. 13 after one pointed a gun to his own head during a road rage incident. Officer Benjamin Sumpkins said the teenagers and a motorist became embroiled in a road rage incident on 49th Street near 102nd Avenue. The teenage passenger pulled what appeared to be a .45 caliber revolver. He allegedly pointed it to his own head in an effort to scare the second motorist. Police traced the teenagers through a license plate check. The gun turned out to be a soft pellet gun. The second driver refused to press charges and the teens were let off with a warning.
Police alumni unit seeks vendors PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association needs vendors to participate in the third annual winter festival scheduled for Dec. 2-3. The event will be held at the England Bros. Bandshell, 5121 80th Ave. N., and will feature hay rides, choral performances and Santa photo sessions. Those interested in participating should call Bev Waggoner at 541-0760.