Around the region for Oct. 4, 2012


Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 8:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 8:35 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Georgia man killed in accident on U.S. 301

A Georgia man was killed in a crash early Wednesday morning on U.S. 301 in Bradford County when the pickup truck in which he was a passenger drove into the back of a tractor-trailer rig, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

David E. Roberson, 52, of Mer­shon, Ga., was in a car driven by Debra Sharpe, 61, also of Mershon, who was taken to Shands at the University of Florida with serious injuries, FHP said.

The accident happened at 12:58 a.m. on U.S. 301 at Southeast 48th Avenue. Sharpe was driving a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck north on U.S. 301 behind a semi driven by Jo­seph Goble, 48, of New Port Richey, the report states.

Goble was stopped at a red light, and Sharpe failed to stop and drove into the back of the trailer. FHP reported that Roberson died at the scene.

— Cindy Swirko

Pedestrian robbed while walking on SW 13th Street

A man was robbed of his wallet along Southwest 13th Street early Wednesday morning, Gainesville police Lt. Mike Schibuola said.

The robbery occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the 2100 block as the victim was walking on the street. Anoth­er man grabbed the victim, threw him to the ground and stole his wallet, which contained cash, police said.

Schibuola said the victim had minor scrapes but was not other­wise hurt. The culprit has not been not found.

— Cindy Swirko

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