Category: Law Offices of Fran Haasch

Dies when struck, dragged by car

BCHS senior was in group drawn by fightA Baker County High School senior is dead and a Macclenny man is in jail without bond following a fatal confrontation in a west city neighborhood the evening of April 11th. Michael Washington, 19, is charged with running down Rasbard Belford, 18, with hiscar following a fight at

Auburndale Man Killed in Crashon State Road 60

A 26-year-old Auburndaleman died in a head-oncrash on State Road 60east of Lake Wales lateSaturday, the ‘Polk CountySheriff’s Office said.Phillip Craig Durden, of209 Ariana Ave_, the driverof a 2002 Ford F-150 thatwas pulling a ¬∑trailer, waskilled, deputies reported.About 10:30 p.m, Durdenwas traveling east in thewestbound lanes ofS.R. 60 west of Capps Road,sheriff’s spokeswomanDonna Wood said.

Man arrested, woman hospitalized after rollover crash

A rollover crash in Floral City put a woman in the hospital and a man behind bars on DUI charges. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Steven M. Dickson, 62, was driving east on County Road 48 near Istachatta Road shortly before 10:30 p.m. Thursday when an animal darted into the road. Troopers said Dickson

Dangerous Hernando Co. curve to become safer

Busted up fence posts and a roadside memorial are just a few indications that something bad happened along a Hernando County road. In the past few months two people were killed after they lost control of their cars along a curve on Mondon Hill Road near Bertram Road. Fred Munao lives nearby and remembers the

Severe weather causes fatal accident

A 48-year-old woman died from her injuries after a car accident that occurred on SR 62 East of Duette Road Saturday afternoon. According to the report, the driver of the truck, Luis Paulin-Hernandez, 51, lost control while traveling eastbound on SR 62 because of the inclement weather. Officials say the truck spun and overturned into

Motorcyclist killed, deputy hurt during two-county pursuit

A motorcyclist was killed and a Pasco County deputy injured after a traffic stop turned into a two-county pursuit. According to reports, Dep. Ashley Grady stopped a Dodge Ram pick-up truck on suspicion of DUI at about 7:19 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Florestate Drive in Hudson. Deputies said the suspect,

Driver sought in fatal pedestrian accident

Tampa Police are investigating a hit-and-run in which a driver killed a pedestrian in Tampa. According to the report, Aaron Cordes was pushing a shopping cart across 50th Street on Broadway in the crosswalk against the traffic light when the driver of an SUV, who had a green light, hit Cordes. Investigators say the driver

Wreck lands baby, woman in hospital

Wreck lands baby,woman in hospitalA Putnam County woman anda baby were hospitalized withinjuries Tuesday night after anaccident north of State Road100, according to a FloridaHighway Patrol news release.Taken to Shands at theUniversity of Florida in criticalcondition was Megan MichaelaMackie, 22, of 104 HomesteadRoad, as was a baby in seriouscondition. The baby’s namewas not released. The

Man arrested on DUI, drug charges

Man arrested on DUI, drug chargesafter crashing car into shoppersA Sanibel Island man was arrested Monday after his carjumped a sidewalk at a south Fort Myers store, injuringthree elderly people.Curtis Vincent Gates Jr., 39, of the 1500 block of PeriwinkleWay, was charged with driving while under the influenceof alcohol or drugs, producing drugs and three

School bus involved in accident

School bus involved in accidentRoger R. WestLast Thursday started out as anyother normal school day for 12-yearoldJessica Hartman of Hilliard,however that all changed in a blink ofthe eye. Her school bus stopped on US1 in front of Buford Grove BaptistChurch. As she made her way onto thebus and preceded down the aisle to herseat, a