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83-year-old Clearwater man dies in crash

CLEARWATER — An 83-year-old man died Monday when the car he was driving veered across a road and hit a tree outside a nearby house, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The accdent took place just before noon at the corner of Beverly Drive and Belleair Road. The driver, John R. Cheesman of Clearwater, was driving east on Belleair behind the wheel of a two-door Chrysler.

The car crossed the westbound lane of Belleair, drove into a fence, and collided with a tree outside the house at 1597 Beverly Dr., according to the Highway Patrol.

The driver "may have suffered a medical emergency resulting in a loss of control of the vehicle," Sgt. Steve Gaskins of the Highway Patrol said.

A 76-year-old passenger, Janis Winter of Clearwater, received minor injuries in the crash. She was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment.

Peter Jamison can be reached at or (727) 445-4157.

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