Man Killed in Crash at McMullen Booth and Curlew Roads

A BMW ran a red light at the intersection, killing a 54-year-old Holiday man in a pickup truck, investigators said Wednesday morning.

Updated, 9:54 a.m.: The man killed in the crash has been identified as Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, of Holiday.

A Holiday man was killed early Wednesday morning at the intersection of McMullen Booth and Curlew roads in Palm Harbor when his pickup truck was hit by a car that ran a red light, investigators said.

Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, was headed eastbound on Curlew shortly after 5:30 a.m. when a BMW failed to stop for the red light on McMullen Booth and hit the pickup truck's passenger side, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Raymer suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene, investigators said. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the BMW, 29-year-old Jonathan Peter Bytautas of Clearwater, was taken to St. Joseph Hospital with serious injuries.

The vehicles collided with a third vehicle, a pickup truck, during the crash. That driver, 60-year-old George Neil Paajanen of Palm Harbor, suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized.

This incident remains under investigation. No charges were immediately filed, and it's not yet known if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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Sunde Farquhar December 13, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Our thoughts are with the families of those involved in the crash.
Opinionated...sometimes December 13, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Yes this is a terrible tragedy. Please Google Johnathan Peter Bytautas and you will see the mugshots and various alias' and what other no good this individual has been up to. Please FDLE/State of Florida charge him with something that will make him understand he can't go through life like this..now an innocent person is deceased...so very sad....
Teri Adams December 13, 2012 at 09:33 PM
So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with Rob's family.
Nina D. Soto February 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM
I don't no Robert but I was there as well after all had happen and I remember seeing his body covered and til this day I have to pass by every morning and I always say a prayer for him and his love ones but this morning I can't stop to wondering how to go about purchasing a road side memorial for him. So please help with info My name is Nina and I work at the Pro desk at homedepot and I care so please email me at sotopainting@yahoo.com
Sunde Farquhar February 15, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Hi Nina, Thanks so much for taking the time to write. What a thoughtful gesture. Florida's Dept. of Transportation has a program for honoring crash victims with a roadside memorial. Here is a link to information about how to order one. http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statemaintenanceoffice/memorial%20markers.shtm Thanks again and please take care.


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