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Car slams into tree on Belcher Road, killing driver

Clearwater firefighters work to remove Jessica Lindsey Rush, 20, of Clearwater, who was the driver of a Toyota Corolla that crashed into a tree on Belcher Road near Old Coachman Road on Sunday. One witness said he saw flames underneath the car.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Clearwater firefighters work to remove Jessica Lindsey Rush, 20, of Clearwater, who was the driver of a Toyota Corolla that crashed into a tree on Belcher Road near Old Coachman Road on Sunday. One witness said he saw flames underneath the car.

CLEARWATER — A 20-year-old woman was killed Sunday when her car crashed into a tree on Belcher Road.

Jessica Lindsey Rush of Clearwater was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

Her crumpled Toyota Corolla came to rest on the east side of Belcher near Old Coachman Road.

Rush's 1998 Toyota was traveling south on Belcher Road about 3:15 p.m. when it veered onto the west shoulder, struck a cable box and drifted back onto the roadway, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The sedan then crossed the southbound lanes and a concrete median, then hit a street sign. It then crossed over the northbound lanes, struck a tree and finally came to rest.

"It was in the blink of an eye," said Michael Patrick, who described flames underneath the woman's car. Arthur Morrison, who was standing on the corner of Old Coachman and Belcher, said he had to run out of the way to avoid debris.

Firefighters cut the Toyota open to remove Rush from the car. Rescue personnel then performed CPR.

The northbound lanes of Belcher north of Sunset Point Road were closed for at least two hours.

Car slams into tree on Belcher Road, killing driver 08/10/08 [Last modified: Sunday, August 17, 2008 9:38pm]

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