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Man on scooter dies after Pinellas Park crash

PINELLAS PARK – A man driving a scooter without a helmet died Wednesday after he crashed into another car, police said.

Robert Santomaso, 53, of Clearwater was driving a 2008 European scooter north on 49th Street when he hit a 2008 Mazda that Jasper Quach, 18, was driving, police said. Quach was driving south on 49th Street and was going to turn onto US 19.

Police say Quach quickly turned in front of Santomaso, causing him to hit the right side door of the Mazda. Santomaso was ejected and later transported to Bayfront Medical Center, where he died.

Quach told police he saw the scooter but Santomaso was so far to the right he believed Santomaso was going to drive onto the US 19 ramp instead of continuing straight.

Police said neither excessive speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash, which is still under investigation.

49th Street was shut down south of US 19 for about two hours Wednesday afternoon.

Man on scooter dies after Pinellas Park crash 12/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 2:46pm]
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