Sunday, February 18, 2018
Public safety

Holiday man dies in Palm Harbor crash

Times staff

PALM HARBOR — One person was killed in a traffic crash involving three cars early Wednesday on McMullen-Booth Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash was reported about 5:30 a.m. at the intersection with Curlew Road.

Authorities said a northbound 2008 BMW sedan driven by Jonathan Peter Bytautas, 29, of Clearwater ran a red light at the busy intersection and slammed into an eastbound Chevy pickup truck.

Both vehicles then collided with a westbound Ford truck driven by George Neil Paajanen, 60, of Palm Harbor.

The driver of the Chevy, Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, of Holiday in Pasco County, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bytautas sustained serious injuries and was taken to St. Joseph Hospital. Paajanen had minor injuries.

The westbound lanes of Curlew Road and the northbound lanes of McMullen-Booth Road were blocked while troopers were on scene.

An investigation is continuing.

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