News Update for 3/11/19

One person was killed and another seriously injured last night when a car and a motorcycle collided near Lake Placid. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate the incident happened shortly after 5:30 near the intersection of Catfish Creek
Road and Placid Lakes Boulevard.
Troopers say a Dodge Calibre driven by 17-year-old Raeley Matthews of Okeechobee turned into the path of the oncoming motorcycle which hit it broadside.
Seriously injured was 78-year-old Sandra Pennisi. The driver of the Yamaha V-Star was killed. Their identification has not yet been released. Charges in the incident are pending.

The gates don’t open for this year’s Super Sebring races until Wednesday, but already there has been action on the track. Competitors from the World Endurance Championship spent Saturday and yesterday in open practice and there were a number of incidents.
Driver Jorg Bergemeister escaped serious injury in a car fire that consumed the #56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR. One of the SMP Toyotas also was damaged considerably when it hit the wall at Turn 10.
Meanwhile, campers, vans and trucks continue to pile in to the overflow area of the track for what officials believe will be a record crowd. They say ticket sales already are 70-percent ahead of last year’s numbers.

The Avon Park city council will take up a couple items left over from their last meeting when they meet in regular session tonight. Councilwoman Maria Sutherland will again bring up questions about the reimbursement of former city manager June Fisher and also wants to look at the possibility of revising laws regarding the sales of alcohol in the City of Charm.
In other action, the council will consider a sweeping budget amendment that could eliminate, combine or create a number of municipal positions.