Driver Causes Deadly Collision in Attempt to Flee Previous Crash in Pinellas Park, Florida
PINELLAS PARK, FL- Tampabay.com writes that a woman is being charged for vehicular homicide after causing a tragic collision over the weekend. The driver, a 28-year-old woman from Seminole, fled the site of two previous minor crashes before driving through a red traffic light and slamming into the driver’s side door of a 2011 Lexus, killing the man driving that vehicle. The victim was identified as a 53-year-old man.*
The fatal collision took place at the intersection of 66thStreet and 70thAvenue close to the Pinellas Park Middle School in the late morning. The driver who caused the wreck was also injured and is being treated at a nearby hospital. She will remain in police custody during her recovery.
About ten minutes prior to causing the deadly accident, the driver was involved in a minor crash when she attempted to pass but ended up sideswiping a Honda Accord. The driver of the Accord followed the woman and called the police to report her reckless driving. The man told police that he saw her run through a red traffic light at Bryan Dairy Road and Belcher Road, causing damage to her vehicle and another vehicle in that collision as well.
After failing to stop following both minor accidents, the woman drove through the light at 66thStreet, killing the victim and injuring herself.
Police have not released information regarding what caused the woman to flee the scene of the two earlier accidents or to drive so erratically. Statistically, drivers who flee the scene of crashes are more likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to be driving without a valid license. These drivers often fear the harsher penalties that come with drunk or impaired driving or driving without a license.
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