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One dies in Clearwater crash

CLEARWATER — A 20-year-old Tarpon Springs man died after he lost control of his car and spun into oncoming traffic Sunday on U.S. 19, authorities said.

Jezreel Lamont Saunders died on the scene, just north of Hammock Pine Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

He was driving south at a high speed when he spiraled out of control and crossed the grass median into the path of Norman Kenneth Ertel, 36, of St. Petersburg, who was driving north.

Ertel's van crashed into the passenger side of Saunders' Honda, which then overturned onto a Mazda occupied by Diane Marie Ryan, 49, and Timothy Ryan, 50, of Brandon.

Saunders, who troopers say was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the Honda and struck by the van. Ertel and the Ryans were hospitalized with minor injuries.

The crash happened just before 5 p.m., blocking northbound traffic for two hours.

The investigation is ongoing.

One dies in Clearwater crash 06/09/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 9, 2013 11:58pm]
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