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Accident report

By MARY ELMORE

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 1, 2001


1. FLETCHER AVENUE AT 46TH STREET, JUNE 15, 12:21 A.M.: A westbound 1994 Mazda rear-ended a 1991 Volkswagen, pushing the Volkswagen into the rear of a 1988 Acura. The Mazda driver, a 32-year-old man, was charged with careless driving. The injured were taken to University Community Hospital.

2. MORRIS BRIDGE ROAD AT CORY LAKE BOULEVARD, JUNE 15, 6:53 A.M.: A 2000 Ford was headed west when a 45-year-old woman says she tried to pass four other vehicles when she saw a van traveling eastbound. She swerved to avoid the van, veered off the shoulder, overcorrected and slid sideways, went off the shoulder, overturned twice and her vehicle came to rest on its roof.

3. LIVINGSTON AVENUE AT 150TH AVENUE, JUNE 15, 7:15 A.M.: A southbound 1998 Chevrolet rear-ended a 1994 Honda, pushing the Honda into the rear of a 1999 Mercury, causing the Mercury to rear-end a 1997 Ford truck. The Chevrolet driver, a 20-year-old man, was charged with following too closely.

4. BEARSS AVENUE AT DALE MABRY HIGHWAY, JUNE 15, 10 A.M.: A westbound 1986 Ford truck rear-ended a 2001 Ford, pushing the 2001 Ford into the rear of a 1999 Dodge truck. The 1986 Ford truck driver, a 52-year-old man, was charged with following too closely.

5. BEARSS AVENUE AT ZAMBITO ROAD, JUNE 15, 1 P.M.: A westbound 2000 Ford truck rear-ended a 1994 Buick. The Buick driver, a 41-year-old man, complained of neck and back injuries. The Ford driver, a 21-year-old woman, was charged with following too closely.

6. SHELDON ROAD AT OLD MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, JUNE 15, 4:12 P.M.: An eastbound 1996 Mitsubishi turned left from a driveway into the path of a northbound 1999 Mercury and a 1989 Nissan. The Mitsubishi driver, a 21-year-old man, was charged with having no driver's license and violation of right of way. The Mercury driver, a 23-year-old man, was treated at the scene for a hand injury.

7. DALE MABRY HIGHWAY AT NORTHDALE BOULEVARD, JUNE 15, 9:10 P.M.: An eastbound 1993 Toyota turned right into a merge lane and swerved into the path of a southbound 1978 Yamaha motorcycle. The Toyota driver, a 16-year-old woman, was charged with careless driving. The motorcyclist, a 57-year-old man, was injured but refused medical treatment.

8. BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD AT INTERSTATE 75, JUNE 15, 9:45 P.M.: A westbound 1994 Hyundai rear-ended a 1993 Lexus. The Hyundai driver, a 23-year-old man, was charged with following too closely.

9. BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD AT TAMPA PALMS BOULEVARD, JUNE 15, 10:22 P.M.: An eastbound 1981 Plymouth turned left into the path of a northbound 1995 Geo. The Geo applied the brakes, leaving 38 feet of skid marks. The Plymouth driver, a 17-year-old boy, was charged with violation of right of way. A passenger in the Geo, a 29-year-old woman, was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

10. DALE MABRY HIGHWAY AT HUDSON LANE, JUNE 16, 1:50 A.M.: A southbound 1991 Honda started to change lanes and rear-ended a 1995 Dodge. The Honda driver, a 22-year-old man, was charged with improper lane change. The Dodge spun, skidded and ended up on the median.

11. FLORIDA AVENUE AT BEARSS AVENUE, JUNE 16, 11 A.M.: A northbound vehicle stopped suddenly in the middle of the road, causing a northbound 1981 Jeep truck to swerve to the left, slide sideways and overturn on its right side. The unknown vehicle left the scene northbound. The vehicle is described as a light blue van, unknown make or year and was occupied by an elderly white female.

12. BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD AT PEBBLE CREEK DRIVE, JUNE 16, 4:28 P.M.: An unknown vehicle backed out of a parking space and hit a 1996 Plymouth that was stopped waiting to park. The unknown vehicle left the scene in an unknown direction.

13. BEARSS AVENUE AT INTERSTATE 275, JUNE 16, 4:45 P.M.: An eastbound 1995 Ford rear-ended a 2001 Toyota truck that was stopped for a red light.

14. FLETCHER AVENUE AT NEBRASKA AVENUE, JUNE 16, 7:45 P.M.: Both a westbound 1994 Isuzu truck and a 2000 Toyota behind it turned left into the path of an eastbound 1999 Mazda. The Isuzu driver, a 32-year-old man, was charged with violation of right of way. The Toyota driver, a 22-year-old woman, was charged with careless driving.

15. SHELDON ROAD AT LINEBAUGH, JUNE 16, 3:06 P.M: A southbound 2001 Mitsubishi rear-ended a 2000 Jeep, pushing the Jeep into the rear of a 1997 Jeep. The Mitsubishi driver, a 29-year-old woman, was charged with careless driving. A passenger in the 2000 Jeep, a 12-year-old boy, complained of severe back pain and was transported to Town & Country Hospital.

16. LINEBAUGH AVENUE AT COUNTRYWAY BOULEVARD, JUNE 16, 8:05 P.M.: A westbound Land Rover van turned left into the path of an eastbound 1996 Acura. Both vehicles had a green light. The Land Rover driver, a 38-year-old man, was charged with violation of right of way. The injured were taken to Town & Country Hospital. Police observed an open Samuel Adams beer bottle on the floor of the Land Rover.

17. SIMMONS ROAD AT CRYSTAL LAKE ROAD, JUNE 17, 5:23 A.M.: A northbound 1993 Chevrolet truck failed to stop for a stop sign, went off the road, hit a reflective warning sign, continued north into a private home and hit a large oak tree. The Chevrolet driver, a 24-year-old woman, was taken to University Community Hospital.

18. FLETCHER AVENUE AT PARK EDGE DRIVE, JUNE 17, 10:28 P.M.: A westbound 1996 Saturn rear-ended a 2000 Ford truck. The Saturn rolled onto its left side, slid 80 feet, rolled onto its top and slid another 49 feet.

19. INTERSTATE 75 AT BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD, JUNE 17, 3:33 A.M.: A northbound 1994 Chevrolet swerved off the road and overturned onto its right side. The driver, a 24-year-old man, stated that another vehicle drove him off the road. Police noticed that he was swaying while holding onto the vehicle to steady himself. His breath smelled of alcohol, he had bloodshot eyes and difficulty walking. He was charged with DUI.

20. CROSS CREEK BOULEVARD AT LARKBUNTING DRIVE, JUNE 17, 7:11 P.M.: An eastbound 1997 Nissan lost control after hitting a thin layer of water flowing across the street. The vehicle lost control, steered to the left, overcompensated to the right, spun clockwise, slid sideways and hit a concrete utility pole. The utility pole fell into a wooden fence. The driver, a 22-year-old man, was charged with violation of a traffic control device and taken to University Community Hospital.

21. BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD AT INTERSTATE 75, JUNE 18, 8:40 A.M.: A southbound 2000 Dodge rear-ended a 1996 Toyota when the Dodge driver, a 33-year-old man, released his foot from the brake pedal. He was charged with careless driving. The injured were taken to University Community Hospital.

22. FLETCHER AVENUE AT 28TH STREET, JUNE 18, 12 P.M.: An eastbound 1994 Volvo rear-ended a 1996 Nissan. The Volvo driver, a 37-year-old woman, was charged with careless driving.

23. FLETCHER AVENUE AT FLORIDA AVENUE, JUNE 18, 9:20 P.M.: An eastbound 1993 Nissan rear-ended a 1996 Saturn. The Nissan driver, a 62-year-old woman, was charged with careless driving. The Nissan driver and the Saturn driver, a 29-year-old man, were taken to University Community and St. Joseph's hospitals.

24. DALE MABRY HIGHWAY AT FLETCHER AVENUE, JUNE 18, 10:18 P.M.: An eastbound 1994 Lexus turned left into the path of a northbound 2000 Kia. A northbound 2001 Toyota swerved and hit the Lexus head on.

25. FLETCHER AVENUE AT BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD, JUNE 19, 3:30 A.M.: A westbound 1998 Mitsubishi rear-ended a 2000 Chevrolet. The Mitsubishi driver, a 20-year-old woman, was charged with driving with a suspended license.

26. 46TH STREET AT FLETCHER AVENUE, JUNE 19, 7:30 A.M.: A northbound 1999 Datsun turned left into the path of a 1993 Saturn. The Datsun driver, a 76-year-old man, was charged with failure to yield right of way. The injured were taken to University Community Hospital.

27. DAYFLOWER DRIVE AT CROSS CREEK BOULEVARD, JUNE 19, 7:45 A.M.: The driver of an eastbound 2001 Chrysler van turned left and hit a 73-year-old woman who was crossing the street, not at a crosswalk. The driver, a 36-year-old woman, failed to observe the pedestrian before entering the roadway. The pedestrian was taken to University Community Hospital.

28. INTERSTATE 75 AT FLETCHER BOULEVARD, JUNE 19, 8:20 A.M.: A 2000 Nissan sport utility vehicle rear-ended a 2001 Chevrolet truck. The Nissan driver, a 38-year-old woman, was charged with careless driving.

29. BEARSS AVENUE AT 18TH STREET, JUNE 19, 8:50 A.M.: An eastbound 1994 GMC truck rear-ended a 1989 Toyota, pushing the Toyota into the rear of a 1996 Nissan. The GMC driver, a 57-year-old man, was charged with careless driving.

30. LUTZ-LAKE FERN ROAD AT TROUT LAKE COURT, JUNE 19, 6:25 P.M.: A southbound 1996 Toyota went left of center around a curve and hit a northbound 2000 Saturn head on. The Saturn driver, a 31-year-old woman, was taken to University Community Hospital.

31. BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD AT DONA MICHELLE DRIVE, JUNE 19, 6:30 P.M.: A northbound 1989 Chevrolet changed lanes and rear-ended a 1992 Ford van. The Ford driver, a 64-year-old woman, pulled into a convenience store to assess the damage when the Chevrolet driver, a 43-year-old man, drove off without providing any information. He was charged with improper change of lane and leaving the scene.

32. INTERSTATE 75 AT BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD, JUNE 20, 7:05 A.M.: A southbound 2001 Chevrolet rear-ended a 2001 Ford that was stopped for traffic at an entrance ramp.

33. FLETCHER AVENUE AT NEBRASKA AVENUE, JUNE 20, 7:50 A.M.: A westbound 1994 Chevrolet truck rear-ended a 2001 Chevrolet van that came to a sudden stop. The van was pushed into the rear of a 1996 Honda. The 1994 Chevrolet driver, a 42-year-old man, was charged with careless driving.

34. HUTCHINSON ROAD AT RAWLS ROAD, JUNE 20, 11:20 A.M.: A southbound 1995 Ford truck turned left into the path of a northbound 1994 Toyota. The Ford driver, a 33-year-old woman, was charged with violation of right of way.

35. DEBUEL ROAD AT WILLOW CREEK ROAD, JUNE 20, 10:17 P.M.: A 17-year-old girl was headed east in a 1997 Saturn when the passenger, a 19-year-old man, pulled the emergency brake. The vehicle veered to the left, hit a utility pole head on, spun counter clockwise and rolled onto the pavement facing east. The passenger was taken to University Community Hospital by his mother and later released.

36. FLETCHER AVENUE AT 20TH STREET, JUNE 20, 3 P.M.: An eastbound 1975 Pontiac rear-ended a 1999 Honda truck that was stopped for heavy traffic. The Pontiac driver, a 43-year-old woman, was charged with careless driving, no proof of insurance and driving with a suspended license.

37. BEARSS AVENUE AT INTERSTATE 275, JUNE 21, 12:05 A.M.: A southbound unknown vehicle was traveling in the merge lane, changed lanes and sideswiped a southbound 1994 Jeep truck. The unknown vehicle left the scene.

38. EHRLICH ROAD AT TURNER ROAD, JUNE 21, 1:30 A.M.: A westbound 1999 Toyota van turned left into the path of an eastbound 1999 Mercury. The Toyota driver, a 25-year-old man, stated that he was arguing with the passenger when someone honked at him so he started to turn. He was charged with violation of right of way.

39. BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD AT INTERSTATE 75, JUNE 21, 9:10 A.M.: A southbound 1987 Ford rear-ended a 1999 Mercury, pushing the Mercury into the rear of a 1998 Ford. The impact pushed the 1998 Ford into the rear of a 1999 Chevrolet. The 1987 Ford driver, a 19-year-old man, was charged with careless driving.

40. ERHLICH ROAD AT BURRINGTON DRIVE, JUNE 21, 1 P.M.: A northbound 1994 Ford pulled out into the median and rear-ended a 1992 Nissan that was also in the median to make a turn. The Ford driver, a 45-year-old man, was charged with following too closely. The Nissan driver, a 41-year-old woman, was taken to University Community Hospital Carrollwood.

41. ANDERSON ROAD AT LYNN ROAD, JUNE 21, 5 P.M.: A westbound 1995 Chrysler crossed the northbound and southbound lanes when it hit the rear tire of a southbound 2001 motorcycle. Both occupants of the motorcycle were ejected and neither was wearing protecting equipment. The Chrysler driver, a 56-year-old man, was charged with failure to yield. The motorcyclist, a 51-year-old man, and a passenger, a 54-year-old woman, were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

42. INTERSTATE 75 AT BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD, JUNE 21, 6:21 P.M.: A northbound 1989 Chevrolet van rear-ended a 1997 Chevrolet as it slowed for traffic. The van driver, a 40-year-old man, was charged with careless driving.

43. VAN DYKE ROAD AT LAKE CARLTON ARMS DRIVE, JUNE 21, 10:45 P.M.: An eastbound 1989 Toyota rear-ended a 1992 Toyota. The 1989 Toyota driver, 17, started to hit the brakes but the vehicle slid due to the rain-slick roadway. He was charged with failure to use due care and driving too fast for conditions. The 1992 Toyota driver, a 20-year-old woman, was taken to University Community Hospital -- Carrollwood.

44. BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD AT INTERSTATE 75, JUNE 21, 10:30 P.M.: A 1997 Chevrolet rear-ended a 2000 Toyota as it slowed for traffic. The Chevrolet driver, a 24-year-old woman, was charged with careless driving.

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