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Palm Harbor man dies in four-vehicle crash

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Palm Harbor man dies in 4-vehicle crash

A Palm Harbor man is dead and 10 people were injured in a four-vehicle crash at State Road 54 and Rowan Road at 7:40 p.m. Friday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2003 Ford pickup driven by Thomas Fitzgerald, 54, of Trinity was headed east on 54 and failed to stop at a red light. He rear-ended a 2001 Honda Accord. The Honda — driven by Corey Erario, 39, of Land O'Lakes — was pushed into the intersection, where it was hit by a 2003 Ford Explorer headed south on Rowan. Fitzgerald's pickup careened into the intersection and was struck by a 2003 Infiniti going north on Rowan. Fitzgerald was seriously injured. In the rear-ended Honda were passengers Carla Erario, 38, of Land O'Lakes, who was in serious condition; Karen Kiewra, 52, of Palm Harbor, who was in critical; and James R. Kiewra, 52, of Palm Harbor, who died. Driver Corey Erario was seriously injured. Four people from New Port Richey were in the Explorer; all had minor injuries. The driver was Tina K. Peyton, 37, and the passengers were Robert J. Peyton, 38, Victoria Peyton, 8, and Thomas Peyton, 10. In the Infiniti were Christopher J. Alfonso, 32, and Christopher W. Alfonso Jr., 3, both of Clearwater. Both sustained minor injuries.

Clearwater

Your donation dollars at work

Ever wonder what becomes of the money tossed into all the Salvation Army bell ringers' kettles around Pinellas? This holiday season, it's turned into 2,000 hams and food baskets, 14,400 new toys, 1,261 gift cards for more food, and 12,500 gifts and personal visits to people in nursing homes, hospitals or prisons. The Salvation Army will distribute those items to needy families from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at its Mallory/Powell Social Service Campus at 1521 Druid Road E. Registration to receive aid from the Salvation Army has closed for this holiday season, but the organization welcomes additional donations.

Police will watch for crosswalk use

Be sure to not just look both ways before crossing the street Monday and Tuesday, but to use a crosswalk. The Clearwater Police Department will make an extra effort to issue $62.50 citations those days to pedestrians who fail to use a crosswalk or interfere with traffic. The areas that will be most heavily patroled are Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard between McMullen-Booth Road and U.S. 19, and U.S. 19 between Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belleair Road. According to the Police Department, several recent accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists have raised concerns about pedestrian safety. The citation push is to raise awareness.

Tarpon Springs

Light up walkways and support school

Sunset Hills Elementary is taking orders for its 24th annual Christmas Eve display of lambathas that will illuminate the walkways of Spring Bayou and Craig Park. Each sand-filled, candlelit bag costs $2 and will be inscribed with your own personal sentiment. Lambathas may be purchased from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve at Spring Bayou. Simply note the number of lambathas desired, the sentiment on each, and include your name and phone number with a check payable to Sunset Hills Elementary — Lambatha. Proceeds go for programs and special events. Call (727) 943-5523, ext. 2007.

Palm Harbor man dies in four-vehicle crash 12/19/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 19, 2009 2:52pm]
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