Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

One dead in seven-vehicle wreck at St. Petersburg intersection

ST. PETERSBURG — A 64-year-old woman was killed in a wreck involving seven vehicles Tuesday afternoon at 49th Street and Fifth Avenue N, authorities said.

St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue said three other people who were injured were taken to hospitals. Five others involved in the accident refused medical treatment.

The crash was reported at 1:06 p.m. Officials are still investigating. According to preliminary information, a white Land Rover driven by Douglas Henriott, 25, of St. Petersburg was going west on Fifth Avenue when it slammed into a sedan that was stopped along with a group of other cars at a red light.

That caused a chain reaction as the other cars were pushed into each other. The woman who died was in a silver Toyota Corolla. She was identified Tuesday night as Mary Margaret Overton of St. Petersburg.

Henriott was one of the people taken to Bayfront Hospital Center. Another driver, Thomas Hoof, 48, of St. Petersburg, also went to Bayfront. The third, Lebert Rose, 69, of Gulfport, was take to Palms of Pasadena Hospital. The people hospitalized all were treated and released, police said.

Mike Ward, a driver for Wheelchair Transport Service Inc., said he was on his way to Bay Pines VA Medical Center when the crash occurred. Ward said he was going west on Fifth Avenue N and had stopped at the intersection at 49th Street for a red light when he heard a loud boom.

"It was a big sound, almost like an explosion or something," Ward said. "Then I felt the impact."

Ward said he looked back, and saw a car behind him. Its front end was on fire. Next to that car was another one that was mangled. The sport utility vehicle lay on its side not far from that.

Neither he nor his client was injured. The transport van had only a broken taillight.

"I was the lucky one," he said. "I got the least of it."

One dead in seven-vehicle wreck at St. Petersburg intersection 09/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 11:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Wrestling to return to old Tampa armory — but just for one night

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For the first time in decades, wrestling will return to the old Ft. Homer W. Hesterly Armory with a reunion show scheduled for late September.

    For the first time in decades, wrestling will return to the old Ft. Homer W. Hesterly Armory with a reunion show scheduled for late September.
Now named the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, the armory regularly featured stars such as Dusty Rhodes and Jack Brisco. On September 26, it will host a one-time only reunion night. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times file photo (2016)]
  2. Wanted: New businesses on Safety Harbor's Main Street

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — A green grocery store, a hardware store, restaurants, boutiques and multi-use buildings are all wanted downtown, according to discussion at a community redevelopment workshop held last week. And to bring them to the Main Street district, city commissioners, led by Mayor Joe Ayoub, gave City Manager …

    Whistle Stop Bar & Grill is one of the main stops on Main Street in Safety Harbor. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  3. John Morgan intends to pressure every Florida politician to fund wage initiative


    John Morgan, the publicity-loving personal injury lawyer/entrepreneur who spearheaded the successful medical marijuana initiative, soon plans to start collecting signatures for a 2020 ballot initiative raising Florida minimum wage. He plans to "spend millions of my own money" on the effort, but he also intends to …

  4. Westbound traffic on Courtney Campbell blocked after crash


    Westbound traffic on the Courtney Campbell Causeway is being diverted following a crash early Thursday morning.

  5. Q&A: A business leader and historian jointly delve into Tampa's waterfront


    TAMPA — As a native of Tampa, Arthur Savage has always had a passion for his hometown's history. And as a third-generation owner and operator of A.R. Savage & Son, a Tampa-based shipping agency, his affinity for his hometown also extends to its local waterways.

    Arthur Savage (left) and Rodney Kite-Powell, co-authors of "Tampa Bay's Waterfront: Its History and Development," stand for a portrait with the bust of James McKay Sr. in downtown Tampa on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. McKay, who passed away in 1876, was a prominent businessman, among other things, in the Tampa area. He was Arthur Savage's great great grandfather. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]