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Deputies: Speeding driver rolls pickup into Lake Seminole

SEMINOLE — The speeding driver who deputies said caused a three-car wreck on Park Boulevard and rolled his pickup into the waters of Lake Seminole on Monday afternoon did not have a valid driver's license.

Adam Harder, 33, crawled out of his pickup after it landed upside down about 20 feet from shore. He was not injured, deputies said, but was cited for driving with a license suspended or revoked, careless driving and no proof of insurance.

The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. just west of the Lake Seminole Park entrance at 10015 Park Blvd. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Harder was driving a Dodge Ram pickup at a "high rate of speed" in the median lane of westbound Park Boulevard.

After he passed the park entrance, deputies said, the pickup rear-ended a Ford Mustang driven by Dusica Batanjski, who was also westbound in the median lane. The pickup pushed the Mustang off the road and the car ended up near the lake's edge.

The pickup swerved toward the curb and struck a Jeep driven by Lyndsie Galizio, 36. Passengers Marjorie Galizio, 63, and Margaret Rolfs, 86, were inside. The pickup hit the curb, rolled down the embankment and landed upside down in the lake.

Harder crawled out of the driver's window, deputies said. Lyndsie Galizio was the only person involved in the crash to go to a hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, to be treated for minor injuries.

Deputies: Speeding driver rolls pickup into Lake Seminole 04/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 2, 2012 11:10pm]
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