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Car crashes into Clearwater home; two people injured

Clearwater firefighters work Tuesday to shore up an exterior wall at Eric and Marbelina Casterjon’s home at 1610 Lakeview Road.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Clearwater firefighters work Tuesday to shore up an exterior wall at Eric and Marbelina Casterjon’s home at 1610 Lakeview Road.

CLEARWATER — Two people suffered minor injuries after a Clearwater man lost control of his Jeep and crashed into a vehicle and a house Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Clearwater Fire and Rescue was called to Eric and Marbelina Casterjon's home at 1610 Lake- view Road at 3:50 p.m.

Stavros Demosthenis, 70, the driver of the car that crashed into the house, was taken by ambulance to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Richard Benton said Demosthenis had traumatic injuries.

But his injuries did not appear life-threatening, according to Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Beth Watts.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Demosthenis hit a vehicle before crashing into the house, the FHP said.

A person in that vehicle was also hospitalized with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, Watts said.

Demosthenis also collided with a mailbox, a street sign and the Casterjons' minivan.

There was significant damage to the front of the home.

Firefighters were working to stabilize the building Tuesday evening.

Residents of the home were in another part of the house at the time of the accident and were uninjured.

Times photographer Douglas R. Clifford contributed to this report.

Car crashes into Clearwater home; two people injured 11/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 7:35pm]
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