Personal Injury

Boy’s Leg Amputated After Jet Ski Accident

Category: Accidents |

As the result of a serious water scooter accident, doctors amputated the leg of an injured 14-year-old boy, John Dahl. Dahl was riding a water scooter piloted by another 14-year-old boy in Redington Shores Monday evening when the accident occurred. Attached to the scooter was a wakeboard holding a third boy. As the scooter’s speed increased, the wakeboard rider feel off. However, the boy continued to pilot the scooter at high speeds. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation spokesman Gary Morse reported that Dahl became “upset about the speed of the boat and the way it was being operated”. Dahl then jumped off the water scooter and his leg became tangled in the towline attached to the wakeboard. Fortunately, the other two boys were not injured and both Dahl and the driver were wearing lifejackets. Tampa General Hospital spokeswoman, Ellen Fiss reported that Dahl was recovering and remained in serious condition as of Tuesday morning. The identity of the water scooter’s operator has yet to be released as a criminal investigation is pending. Officials described the investigations as “nothing earth-shattering” but standard procedure for boating accidents involving serious injury.

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Motorcyclist Kills Pedestrian in Spring Hill

Category: Accidents |

Thursday morning a Spring Hill motorcyclist hit and killed a female pedestrian when he sped through a red light on Spring Hill Drive.  Witness, Terry Jacobson said, “That was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen in my life.” As of Thursday evening, the elderly victim had yet to be identified. Investigators are requesting public assistance, as she was not carrying identification and no friends or family have come forward. The motorcyclist was identified as 30 year old, James Paul Conaty of Spring Hill. Although he was wearing a helmet, Contay was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he sustained serious injuries. Conaty has rather lengthy traffic and criminal records consisting of three DUI charges, several traffic tickets, and 20 Florida arrests on charges of battery, assault and threatening a witness. In his most serious DUI charge, Conaty served two and half years in prison when his blood alcohol level was reported as more than double the level at which a driver is considered to be under the influence. This accident will most likely add to his record of speeding and careless driving. However, authorities are waiting for results from Conaty’s toxicology report before pressing charges.

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