March 1, 2001 |
A Florida appeals court, citing prosecutor error, reversed the manslaughter convictions Wednesday of three people convicted of causing a fatal car crash five years ago by removing a stop sign from an intersection. Thomas Miller, Nissa Baillie and Christopher Cole, all in their 20s, were convicted in 1997 of removing the sign. Three teenagers died later in a crash at the intersection. Prosecutors now have 90 days to decide on a course of action.
January 16, 2001 |
Golfer Kim Williams was recovering Monday after suffering a broken collarbone and knee injury in a car wreck. Williams was injured Friday, hours after she shot a par 72 in the first round of the season-opening LPGA event at Grand Cypress Resort. She was driving on a two-lane road when an oncoming driver had a seizure, swerved into her lane and hit her head-on, police said. Williams, 37, was in stable condition at the Orlando Regional Medical Center after surgery Saturday on her right knee.
October 5, 2000 |
A trailer truck loaded with dead alligators overturned and spilled its cargo on a busy highway near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., forcing police to close one lane while workers retrieved scattered gator carcasses. The truck was towing a refrigerated trailer carrying 26 alligator carcasses to a processing plant to be skinned and butchered, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Driver Robert Collins lost control when the trailer began to sway.
August 25, 2000 |
A driver was arrested in connection with the Broward County accident that sent an 83-year-old woman's car off a bridge and into a snake-infested swamp, where she lay for three days before being rescued. Scott Andrew Campbell, 21, of Hollywood, Fla., was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injuries and filing a false police report. Police said Campbell rear-ended Tillie Tooter's car on Aug. 12, sending it over a 40-foot-high bridge.
August 19, 2000 |
Who nearly killed Tillie Tooter? That's the question state police officials sought to answer as they hunted Friday for the driver who rear-ended the 83-year-old grandmother, sending her car somersaulting over a highway guardrail and into a swampy ravine. There, pinned in the wreckage and hidden from passers-by, the feisty Tooter spent three days--catching rainwater to stay alive and preparing, finally, to face death.
August 16, 2000 |
An 83-year-old woman was found alive in her car Tuesday, three days after it crashed off a bridge into a snake-infested swamp. She told rescuers she was able to survive by collecting rainwater. Tillie Tooter's car was discovered by a member of a road cleanup crew who noticed mashed-down trees beside the Interstate 595 bridge over the swamp and stopped to check. Justin Vannelli spotted her car 40 feet down. "I saw someone moving inside there, so I called the cops," Vannelli said.