Saturday, December 16, 2017
Public safety

Elderly woman killed in crash on Gandy Boulevard in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — A 84-year-old woman was killed Wednesday in what police said was an alcohol-related crash at Gandy Boulevard and 35th Street N.

Helen Sauerbier, 84, was driving west on Gandy Boulevard in a 1996 Lincoln Towncar about 3:30 p.m. when she tried to make a left turn onto 35 Street N, according to Pinellas Park police. She drove into the path of a 2007 Nissan Murano, driven by William McClendon, 44, of St. Petersburg, and the vehicles collided.

Sauerbier died at the scene. McClendon was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

An initial investigation determined that McClendon had a suspended driver's license and was driving under the influence of alcohol, though Sauerbier was believed to be at fault in the accident, police said.

"Preliminary indications are that she was at fault by violating his right of way," said Pinellas Park Police Sgt. Brian Unmisig. "What charges he will be facing will be up to the State Attorney's Office."

McClendon's blood alcohol count was not immediately known.

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