Tampa Man Arrested April 14th For February 3rd Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30-year-old man on Wednesday, who was suspected as a driver in a suspected DUI accident that killed a motorcycle more than two months ago. 

The February 3 suspected DUI accident occurred on February 3, 2021, in the parking lot of The Preserve at Mobbly Bay Apartments on the 8000 block of Solano Bay Loop in Tampa.  According to police reports, the suspected DUI driver was traveling westbound on Solana Bay Loop in a 2016 Dodge Ram, when he turned in front of a motorcycle going eastbound. The motorcyclist was caught underneath the truck, which continued travelling until a witness bystander caught the attention of the driver to stop. 

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Traffic Collisions in Florida Likely to Increase As Traffic Returns to Pre-Pandemic Levels

People are returning to school and work. Employers are hiring, and tourism is picking up, as restrictions on social gathering and dining are being eased. And, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the transportation analytics firm Inrix, the number of daily passenger vehicle trips reached pre-pandemic levels for the first time in a year at the end of March. 

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It is likely that in the coming spring and summer months, traffic accidents will increase. More cars on the road mean will likely mean more crashes, and more vehicle drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians being injured or killed. 

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Man Tragically Killed April 5th in Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident in St. Petersburg

A 27-year-old man was tragically killed Monday, April 5th in an intersection motorcycle accident in St. Petersburg, WTSP News reported. The fatal crash involved a motorcycle and Toyota Camry sedan, and occurred at the intersection of  18th Avenue S. at 34th Street S., at 4:35 PM.

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 A St. Petersburg Police Department press release reported the driver of the sedan was traveling northbound on 34th St. S, turning west onto 18th Avenue S. when it collided with the southbound motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the Camry and then another vehicle before catching fire. The impact of the collision caused the motorcyclist to be ejected. He was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries. The driver of the Camry, an 80-year-old man, suffered minor injuries. 

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Pedestrian Tragically Killed in Suspected DUI Crash in Clearwater

A pedestrian was killed on Monday, April 5th in Clearwater, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The car vs. pedestrian accident occurred on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at about 8:45 pm., just west of Belcher Road. The pedestrian, who was not identified, was struck by a Jeep Patriot. After the accident, he was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he later died. The driver of the Jeep, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of DUI. 

Clearwater Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Our thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of the victim of this crash. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating. Crashes involving impaired drivers are especially frustrating, as they can so easily be prevented. 

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Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Crash March 29th in Pinellas Park

A bicyclist was seriously injured early Monday morning in the 6200 block of 66th Street, the Pinellas Beaches Patch reported. The cyclist, a 34-year-old man from Kenneth City, was reportedly riding southbound on 66th street, when he was struck from behind by a red vehicle, believed to be a 2006-2010 Chrysler 300 or Magnum. According to police, the car has a damaged side mirror on the passenger side. 

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Pinellas Park Police Investigating The Cause Of the Crash 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information on this March 29th bicycle crash, including the identity of the driver,  should call the Pinellas Park Police Department at 727-369-7864. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County at 800-873-TIPS (8477). 

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Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle March 30th in Tampa

A pedestrian was taken to the hospital early Tuesday morning after being struck by a white Chevy SUV in Tampa, WFLA News reported. The accident occurred near 13th Street North and Hillsborough Avenue East, at around 12:21 a.m.  

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Very limited information was available about the circumstances of the accident. Fox 13 News reported that the driver of the SUV remained on the scene. Hillsborough Avenue was closed for about five hours while police investigated the incident. 

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Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle March 23rd on Fruitville Road in Sarasota

A pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries when they were struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning in Sarasota, WWSB ABC 7 News reported.  The injury crash occurred just before 7 AM, at the intersection of Central Avenue and Fruitville Road. The victim was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with very serious injuries.

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According to the news report, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Further information and details were not available. We hope that the victim is able to make a complete recovery from their very serious injuries. 

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Pedestrian Tragically Struck and Killed March 19th in Clearwater

Less than a week after a fatal pedestrian accident on Saturday, March 13th in Tampa, a pedestrian was tragically struck and killed on Friday, March 19th in Clearwater, multiple news outlets have reported. News reports revealed the fatal accident was reported at about 10 PM on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, just west of Lake Avenue. The victim, a 45-year-old Illinois man, was hit by a 2015 Ford F-250 truck, and tragically died of his injuries at the scene. According to the IOnTB report, Clearwater Police said the victim was wearing dark clothing and was not in a marked crosswalk when he was struck. 

Our thoughts go out to the family of the victim. Losing a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating. 

The cause of the March 19th Clearwater pedestrian accident remains under investigation – and it is impossible to know exactly what happened. It is not clear based on the very limited information provided how fast the vehicle was traveling and if this fatal collision was caused by the vehicle driver or could have been prevented. 

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March 17th Head-on Collision in Clearwater Kills One, Seriously Injures Another

A catastrophic head-on collision occurred Wednesday, March 17, 2021, on Drew Street in Clearwater, WFLA News reported. The fatal crash occurred at about 12:40 PM, between Highland Avenue and Crest Avenue. 

According to the news report, a Toyota Corolla was traveling westbound on Drew Street, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck head-on.  The 19-year-old driver of the Corolla died at the scene. The 78-year-old driver of the pickup truck was taken to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg with serious injuries. Further details were not available – the collision remains under investigation by the Tampa Police Department. 

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Pedestrian Tragically Struck and Killed March 13th in Downtown Tampa

A pedestrian was killed in a crash in downtown Tampa, WTSP News reported. The crash occurred at the intersection of N. Ashley Drive and E. Whiting Street, just before 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 13th. 

The victim was taken to a hospital where they died. Very few other details were available about the accident. The news photo of the crash scene provided by the Tampa Police department showed a taped-off crosswalk at the intersection, but it was unclear if the pedestrian was in a crosswalk when they were struck. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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