Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Authorities say a suicidal man crashed his car into the Dillard's department store at the Countryside Mall early Wednesday morning. The crash caused a fire in the store.
The Dillard's department store at Countryside Mall will partially reopen Thursday morning, while crews continue to cleanup and repair damage caused by a car that crashed into the store. The store's second floor will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday, however the lower level will remain closed, according to a Dillard's staff member. Yellow caution tape was placed around the closed store's lower level entrances Wednesday morning, while crews assessed damage from the fire and crash. A steady stream of onlookers drove through the mall's parking lot in an effort to get a glimpse of the large hole in the side of the department store. TV crews covered the story from the parking lot. A driver intentionally crashed his Honda Accord into the store, …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Florida Highway Patrol investigators say Axios A. Kazouris, 30, crashed into three other vehicles after attempted to make a u-turn by driving over the grassy median just north of Nebraska Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
A four-vehicle crash sent one man to the hospital and closed a stretch of northbound U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor for two hours Wednesday afternoon. 30-year-old Axios A. Kazouris of Tarpon Springs was driving a 1995 Honda sedan southbound in the inside left turn lane of U.S. 19 when he attempted to make a u-turn by driving over the grassy median just north of Nebraska Avenue around 1:05 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). Kazouris' Honda drove into the path of a 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup truck driven by Jessica Adams, 26, of Clearwater. The front of Adam's pickup hit the rear side of Kazouris' Honda. The impact of the crash caused the Honda to hit a 2000 Stem truck driven by Pene T. Eva, 51,of Hudson and a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Mark Daniel Russell, 49, of Palm Harbor, was crossing U.S. 19 just north of Curlew Road when he rode into the path of a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A bicyclist was killed Tuesday evening while crossing U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that around 7:30 p.m, Mark Daniel Russell, 49, of Palm Harbor, was crossing U.S. 19 on his Schwinn bicycle just north of Curlew Road when he rode into the path of a 2005 Nissan Sentra driven by Kelby Michael Miksch, 36, of Palm Harbor. Miksch was traveling northbound in the outside lane. The collision caused Russell to be thrown from his bicycle onto the roadway. He was transported to Meese Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, where he died from his injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.
Friday, February 1, 2013
U.S. 19 was shut down Thursday after a rear-end collision caused two other crashes, according to Florida Highway Patrol investigators.
A Holiday man was charged with careless driving after he rear-ended a car on U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor, sending it into oncoming traffic and causing a head-on collision, according to authorities. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) investigators say the crash happened around 5:16 p.m. Thursday afternoon near Rita Lane. Justin Przytulski, 20, was driving a 1991 Toyota pickup truck northbound on U.S. 19 and rear-ended a 2002 Toyota Camry driven by Holly Williams, 31, of Tarpon Springs. The crash report says Williams had slowed down because traffic ahead of her had stopped. Investigators say the impact of the crash sent Williams' car into southbound traffic on U.S. 19. Her car was hit head-on by a 2008 Chevy van driving in the southbound direction. …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, of Holiday was killed in the Dec. 12 crash when his pickup truck was hit by a stolen BMW driven by Jonathan Peter Bytautas, 29, of Clearwater, authorities say.
The man who authorities say was driving a stolen BMW that caused a deadly crash on Curlew Road back in December is now charged with one count of vehicular homicide. Jonathan Peter Bytautas, 29, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 23, following his release from St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Steve Gaskins. Bytautas was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail with bond set at $250,000. Bytautas had been hospitalized since the Dec. 12 crash, which happened around 5:30 a.m. at the intersection of McMullen Booth and Curlew roads in Palm Harbor. FHP Investigators say Bytautas was driving a 2008 BMW 550i when he ran a red light on McMullen Booth and crashed into a Chevy pickup driven by Robert …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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 …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Talk about a crazy fender bender! A Palm Harbor Patch reader snapped photos of an accident Tuesday in the parking lot of Emily's Family Restaurant.
A Palm Harbor Patch reader snapped these photos of a freak accident early Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of Emily's Family Restaurant on Alternate 19. The reader says a white van that had a wheelchair and platform attached to the back of it was trying to back up and hit a black Kia sedan. The impact of the crash caused the Kia to lurch forward onto the top of a Mitsubishi sports coupe. No one was injured in the accident, according to the reader. We requested information about the accident from the Florida Highway Patrol. As soon as we get more information, we'll pass it along to you. Emily's Family Restaurant is located at 2609 Alt. 19; (727) 786-7407 Related-
Thursday, November 15, 2012
According to Pinellas Park Police, one man was killed in an early morning crash, which closed part of U.S. 19 near Bryan Dairy for several hours Thursday.
A Palm Harbor motorcyclist died in a Nov. 15 crash in the 12000 Block of U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park, according to a post on the Pinellas Park Police Department Facebook page. Pinellas Park emergency officials were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and car on U.S. 19 early Thursday morning, police said. A preliminary investigation has determined Geoffrey Burton, 53, of Palm Harbor, was killed in the accident as he was headed northbound on U.S. 19 around 3 a.m. Burton's 2007 Suzuki motorcycle reportedly collided with a northbound 2004 Dodge Intrepid driven by Brian Winthrop, 32, of Holiday, police report. The motorcyclist, Burton, was reportedly not wearing a helmet and sustained fatal injuries. He was …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Daniel Lavoy Akins, 27, of Seffner, lost control of his motorcycle Sunday night on Belcher Road and was thrown from it. Deputies had tried to pull him over earlier for speeding, and alcohol may have been a factor, officials said.
A motorcyclist who died in a Belcher Road accident in Palm Harbor had fled from deputies who tried to pull him over for speeding, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reports. Daniel Lavoy Akins, 27, of Seffner, lost control of his 2005 Suzuki motorcycle around 11:13 p.m. Sunday on Belcher, just south of Grovewood Boulevard, as he tried to negotiate a curve, investigators said. Akins was thrown from the motorcycle. Two citizens heard the crash and called for assistance. Akins was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he died from his injuries just after midnight, a sheriff's office spokesperson said. Akins had been seen speeding and weaving through traffic in Oldsmar earlier in the night while heading westbound to U.S. …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Michael Graziano, 24, is in critical condition after a crash Tuesday morning that was similar to the crash that paralyzed his 22 year-old brother John in 2007. Statistics show that young men are more likely to be involved in a speed-related crash.
No doubt, car crashes are one of a parent's biggest fears when it comes to their family's safety. Sadly, for a Pinellas County mother, those fears have become a reality twice. Debra Graziano is asking everyone to pray for her son Michael, 24, who was critically injured early Tuesday morning when the car he was a passenger in, slammed into the back of a dump truck on Ulmerton Rd. in Largo. "Please pray for my son John and please pray for my son Michael," Graziano said according to Bay News 9. Graziano's other son, John, was 22 years-old when he was severely injured in a crash in Clearwater in 2007. He is now paralyzed and requires 24-hour care, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Like his brother Michael, John Graziano was also a passenger …