Around the Region for May 10, 2013


Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Man killed, 3 hurt in Interstate 75 crash

A 34-year-old Margate man was fatally injured and three others were hurt Wednesday night in a crash on Interstate 75 in Columbia County, according to a report.

Robert Jason Vetitoe, 37, of Pensacola, was driving north on the highway in the left lane at 8:45 p.m. when his vehicle veered off the road and struck a guardrail around mile marker 414, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The car then traveled back across the highway and hit a tree.

Vetitoe was airlifted to Shands at the University of Florida, where he was in serious condition. Passenger Jovon Robinson was taken to the Lake City Medical Center, where he died at 7:04 a.m. on Thursday. The report stated that he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Ethan L. Anderson, 28, of Pensa­cola, was also taken to Lake City Medical Center.

—Staff report

Man hit by car, injured on West University Avenue

A pedestrian trying to cross at the intersection of West University Avenue and 13th Street was hospitalized with injuries after he was hit by a car early Thursday morning, Gainesville police reported.

Ryan D. Norman, 25, of Kissim­mee, was struck around 2 a.m. by a gold 1998 Saturn 4-door driven by Terry Cooper, 33, of Gainesville, GPD reported.

Cooper’s vehicle was traveling north on Southwest 13th Street approaching the intersection of West University Avenue. According to witnesses, Cooper had either a green or yellow signal. Norman was walking east on West Univer­sity and was either in or near the south side crosswalk, the report stated.

The investigation so far has indicated Cooper had the right-of-way and Norman did not wait for the vehicle to cross.

Police reported that Norman had head trauma.

— Staff report

COMMUNITY

Letter carriers to collect food again on Saturday

Postal workers in Gainesville and nationwide will again be conduct­ing the nation’s largest single-day food drive on Saturday.

Local letter carriers will be among the 175,000 carriers nationwide who will collect food donations left at mailboxes and deliver them to food banks and other hunger relief organizations, such as pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

Now in its 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has collect­ed more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993. In 2012, Americans donated more than 70 million pounds of food, which marked the ninth consecu­tive year that at least 70 million pounds has been collected.

Just leave a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday and your letter carrier will pick up and deliver the food to a local food bank. Examples of non-perishable items include peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods (such as cereal), pasta and rice.

For more information, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit either www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger.

— Staff report

Meeting on county manager hopefuls today

The County Commission is meeting at 9:30 a.m. today to discuss the field of applicants for county manager.

The commission is expected to decide on a group of finalists.

The meeting is in the Jack Durrance Auditorium in the County Administration Building, 12 SE First St. The meeting will also air live on Cox Channel 12.

— Chris Curry

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