Florida News: Drag Racer Hit SUV, 3Dead; Off-Duty Police Shoot, Kill Naked Woman

By: AP
By: AP

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami police say three people were killed when a car that was drag racing struck a sport utility vehicle.
The Miami Herald ( http://hrld.us/VfsH6P ) reports that the collision early Saturday killed two of the SUV's occupants, 43-year-old Jose Serrano and his 15-year son German. Serrano's wife, Carmen Orta, and another child, 12-year-old Gabriel, were fighting for their lives at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.
Serrano was described as a handyman with Cuban roots whose family was everything to him, while his wife was a devoted housewife.
Police said a Toyota Scion was racing with two others cars at about 2 a.m. Saturday when it collided head-on with the Serranos' vehicle. The Toyota driver, 19-year-old Alejandro Hernandez of Miami, was thrown from the car and was in critical condition Saturday. His passenger, 20-year-old Ivan Rodriguez, Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say two off-duty Florida law-enforcement officers have fatally shot an armed, naked woman who confronted them at a social gathering.
The shooting occurred sometime Saturday in Hernando County.
The county sheriff's office said in a news release that the men were approached by an "armed, naked and irrational female." The news release does not identify the weapon, but it says "one or both of the law enforcement officers fired their weapons, striking the female." She died at the scene.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates.
Authorities have identified the officers as Hernando County sheriff's Detective Rocky Howard and Tampa police officer William Mechler, who have served six and four years, respectively. Tampa police say Mechler was "off duty and acting in the capacity of a private citizen."

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- A small Florida college is awaiting its moment in the spotlight as the host of the final presidential debate. Lynn University in Boca Raton is being transformed from a little-known school to the site of one of the most high-profile events of the campaign on Monday night.

MIAMI (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami has joined other Catholic institutions nationwide in challenging the Obama administration over birth control. Similar lawsuits have been filed across the country, arguing that the mandate violates the constitutional freedom of religion.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- State wildlife officials say a South Florida hunter was likely mistaken for a boar by a friend who accidentally shot and killed him near Jupiter. The shooting was ruled accidental, though wildlife officials say their investigation remains open.

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Law enforcement officials in the Florida Keys are asking boaters to keep a look-out for bales of marijuana floating in the Atlantic Ocean. About 100 pounds of marijuana have been pulled from the water over the past couple days scattered over a large area.


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