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Police seek more witnesses to fatal eight-car Clearwater crash

CLEARWATER — Clearwater police are looking for witnesses to an eight-vehicle collision on U.S. 19 the evening of June 19 that killed two people.

Daniel Barga, 27, of St. Petersburg was arrested Thursday after police say they discovered he was responsible for the collision.

Barga initially told detectives that he was a passenger in the car that caused the crash and that the driver had run away. But investigators were able to determine that Barga was in fact the driver, Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said.

Barga's charges included driving without a valid driver's license causing death, driving without a valid driver's license causing serious injury and possession of Roxicodone.

Now, Watts said, investigators need additional information about what exactly happened that night. She asked witnesses to contact the Clearwater police Traffic Investigation Division at (727) 562-4119.

Jancarlos Alberto Schaffer, 22, of Odessa and Richard Kelly of Tampa, whose age was unavailable, were killed in the crash. Seven others were hospitalized.

Police seek more witnesses to fatal eight-car Clearwater crash 06/30/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 2:05pm]
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