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Morning accident kills 1, injures 2 in Largo

LARGO — An out-of-control vehicle careening through traffic set off a multicar accident on Roosevelt Boulevard Monday morning that left a Clearwater man dead and two others injured.

The accident, which occurred at 7:04 a.m. across the street from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, blocked the eastbound portion of Roosevelt for nearly three hours as investigators examined the scene.

The deceased, Leon A. Clement, 57, was driving a 1999 Cadillac westbound on Roosevelt Boulevard. The vehicle jumped the concrete median curb and crossed the grass median, veering into eastbound traffic, according to a report.

The first car struck was a 2008 GMC sport utility vehicle. In that car was Natalie K. Gomez-Evans, 26, of Largo. She was not seriously hurt.

The Cadillac then kept going the wrong way in the eastbound lane of traffic before crashing almost head-on with a 2005 Kia sport utility vehicle. A woman and child in that car, identified as Largo residents Laura F. Inge, 33, and Anthony S. Inge, 5, were taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Laura Inge was treated and released later Monday. No update was available on Anthony Inge's condition because he is a minor.

Investigators are reviewing the crash scene and hoping to speak with the deceased man's family in order to determine why he may have crashed, said Sgt. Steve Gaskins of the Florida Highway Patrol.

At Clement's house in Clearwater, his family declined to talk.

Traffic resumed along Roosevelt Boulevard by 10 a.m.

Times staff writer Jonathan Abel contributed to this report.

Morning accident kills 1, injures 2 in Largo 10/20/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 2:54pm]
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