Pinellas Park woman dies in Clearwater crash

The driver of a scooter was killed Friday evening after being hit by a car, according to Clearwater officials.

The crash happened at Drew and Northeast Cleveland streets just before 9 p.m. Authorities said a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Jennifer Ruth Knoepp, 47, of Seminole, turned in front of the scooter and hit it. The scooter's driver — Maria del Carmen Ruiz de Renteria, 44, of Pinellas Park — was transported to a hospital, where she died. Her passenger — Ibolonia Torres, 41, of Clearwater — was flown to Bayfront Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor, authorities said. Knoepp was cited for a right-of-way violation.

Pinellas Park woman dies in Clearwater crash 05/14/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 14, 2011 4:30pm]

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