Pinellas Park Motorcycle Fatality

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April 29, 2016 – Mark Riendeau was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a truck driven by Russell Kirchoff at the intersection of 66th Street and 94th Avenue North. Riendeau was reportedly southbound on 66th Street on his motorcycle when Kirchoff attempted to make a left turn from northbound 66th Street onto 94th Avenue. Florida Statute 316.122, titled “Vehicle turning left,” states that “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, or vehicles lawfully passing…

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Clearwater Fatality on US 19

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April 25, 2016 – Janelle Osborn was killed when her vehicle was struck on the driver side by a vehicle driven by Charles Templeton northbound on US 19. Templeton reportedly veered off the road, onto the shoulder, and into the side of Osborn’s vehicle, which was stopped at the stop sign on Highland Acres Drive. Larry Reed was a passenger in Osborn’s vehicle and he was reportedly critically injured. Florida Statute 316.1925, titled “Careless driving,” states that “Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner,…

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Woman Dies in Rear-End Crash

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April 15, 2016 – Audrey Oberg died after being ejected from a vehicle in which she was riding as a passenger after the vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Christopher Bennett on Bruce B. Downs Blvd near Legacy Blvd in Wesley Chapel. The driver of a vehicle that rear-ends another vehicle is typically the at-fault party, with some exceptions. A sudden and unexpected stop is the most common defense asserted by insurance companies and their attorneys. With some exceptions, Florida Statute 316.614 requires all front seat occupants of a motor vehicle (and all rear seat passengers under age 18)…

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Clearwater Scooter Crash

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March 29, 2016 – David Patterson was injured when he crashed his scooter into an SUV driven by Jillane Vos on Belcher Road just north of Drew Street. Patterson was reportedly headed north on Belcher Road when Vos pulled out of a convenience store parking lot in front of him. Florida Statute 316.125, titled “Vehicle entering highway from private road or driveway,” states that “the driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, building, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the highway to be entered which are so…

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Palm Harbor Head-On Crash Alt 19

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March 9, 2016 – Two drivers were seriously injured in a head-on crash that occurred on Alt 19 south of Klosterman Road. The northbound vehicle reportedly swerved into the southbound lane and struck a vehicle that was headed south. The accident tied up traffic on Alt 19 for hours while the crash was being investigated. Florida Statute 316.081 states that “a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows: (a) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement; (b) When an obstruction exists making it necessary to…

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Palm Harbor PSTA Pedestrian Accident

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February 12, 2015 – Marcia Oder was walking in a marked crosswalk in the Publix parking lot on East Lake Road when she was struck and dragged by a PSTA connector bus driven by Nikolay Plentnev. PSTA stands for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. It is a public agency of the State of Florida and therefore is protected by Florida’s sovereign immunity law. As a governmental agency, claims against PSTA are subject to particular requirements and restrictions that must be followed before a lawsuit can be filed for personal injuries. The maximum recovery is $200,000 per person and attorney’s fees are…

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Palm Harbor Pedestrian Fatality – July 11, 2014

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Rhonda Dreher was killed when she was struck by a car driven by Michael Marinin on U.S. Hwy 19 north of Tampa Rd.  Dreher was reportedly not in a cross-walk, however, use of a cross-walk is not required by law if no cross-walk exists.  Florida Statute 316.130, titled “Pedestrians; traffic regulations,” requires pedestrians crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk to yield the right of way to vehicles on the roadway.  Pedestrians are also required to cross a roadway at right angles to the curb or by the shortest route to the opposite curb.  If adjacent…

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St. Petersburg Central Ave Crash

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March 2, 2014 – Terry Gue and Diane Gue were seriously injured in a crash with Gregory Grant on Central Avenue near the intersection of 68th Street North.  Grant reportedly drove over the double yellow line into the path of the Gues who were headed west on Central Avenue.  Florida Statute 316.081 states that “a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows: (a) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement; (b) When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the…

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Tarpon Springs Double Fatality

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March 1, 2014 – Nicholas Ray Osborn and Marco S. Valez were killed in a crash on US 19 near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.  Osborn was ejected from the car and Valez was found dead and seatbelted in the passenger seat of the car, which was submerged in a pond.  Witnesses reported seeing another vehicle which may have been racing the vehicle in which Osborn and Valez were riding.  Florida Statute 316.191 defines racing as “the use of one or more motor vehicles in competition, arising from a challenge to demonstrate superiority of a motor vehicle or…

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Palm Harbor Motorcycle Accident

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August 18, 2013 – Anthony Riolo was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a van driven by Donald Hutwelker on County Road 1 at the intersection of Wexford Drive.  Hutwelker purportedly was making a left turn from southbound County Road 1 onto Wexford Drive while Riolo was northbound on County Road 1.  Velma McShane was a passenger in Hutwelker’s van and was also seriously injured.  Florida Statute 316.122, titled “Vehicle turning left,” states that “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the…

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