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Date of Issue: November 30, 2006

Crash in Cortez sends woman to hospital

An early evening one-car crash in Cortez sent a woman to Bayfront Medical Center Nov. 24.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Donna Ann Mendoza, 42, of 115th Street West in Cortez, was westbound on Cortez Road when she lost control of her 1997 two-door Chevrolet vehicle. The car spun out of control and struck a tree at 119th Street.

Mendoza was taken by Bayflite medical helicopter to the St. Petersburg hospital. FHP officials "suspect alcohol and/or controlled substances were a contributing factor in the crash," according to troopers. Publisher Mike Quinn contributed to this report.