Thursday, February 22, 2018
Public safety

Driver and passenger weren't wearing seat belts in fatal Pinellas crash

A car crash in Pinellas County just after midnight on Tuesday left a driver dead and a passenger in the hospital. Neither were wearing seat belts, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

William Ray Elliott, 62, of St. Petersburg died at the scene, the FHP reported. The passenger, 50-year-old Gina Molina Abella of St. Petersburg, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries.

At 12:28 a.m., Elliott lost control of his 1976 Chevrolet Corvette and veered from the inner lane of 34th Street N, striking a utility pole, according to FHP reports.

The Corvette apparently continued on and collided with a Chevrolet Blazer and a Hyundai GS500 parked in the lot of the Hilltop Research Facility, 4711 34th St. N. It then overturned and hit another pole.

Elliott and Abella were thrown from the vehicle, troopers said.

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