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Clearwater man charged in fatal Largo crash

LARGO — A 26-year-old Clearwater man has been arrested on felony charges of DUI manslaughter and driving while license suspended or revoked in connection with a fatal crash.

Christopher Alan Tridico was speeding when his Chevrolet Impala struck a Lincoln about 8:30 p.m. April 14 in front of Cove Cay condominiums, Largo police said.

Killed in the crash was Louise Stevens, 75, of Clearwater, who was a passenger in the 2006 Lincoln driven by her husband, Robert Stevens.

The Stevenses were southbound on U.S. 19 and attempting to turn left into Cove Cay when they were struck by the Chevy, which was headed north, police said.

Witnesses said the Impala was going between 80 and 100 miles per hour when it crashed into the Lincoln. One witness said she changed lanes to avoid being hit by Tridico moments before the accident.

The Chevy hit the Lincoln on the passenger side. Louise Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Robert Stevens was seriously injured and taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. On Thursday, he was listed in fair condition, said a hospital spokeswoman.

A witness pulled Tridico from his car, which flipped over after the impact and landed upside down in a drainage ditch, police said.

Bail was set at $50,000 for Tridico.

Tridico previously has been arrested in Florida on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and dealing in stolen property. The stolen property charge was later dismissed. The disposition of the other charge was not available Thursday.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Clearwater man faces DUI, other charges in fatal car crash

Clearwater man charged in fatal Largo crash 04/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 24, 2009 4:47pm]
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