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Teen driver who hit two women blames accident on stuck gas pedal, Tarpon Springs police say

The 16-year-old driver of the car that hit two women Monday blames a stuck accelerator pedal, Tarpon Springs police say.

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The 16-year-old driver of the car that hit two women Monday blames a stuck accelerator pedal, Tarpon Springs police say.

TARPON SPRINGS — Two women were injured when they were hit by a teenage driver in a restaurant parking lot Monday night, authorities said.

Kally Flytzanis, 21, was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg after the 9:10 p.m. accident. Eleni Poulakidas, 22, was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where she was treated and released. Both are from Tarpon Springs. Neither had injuries that appeared life-threatening, police said.

The driver, a 16-year-old girl who has not been identified, told police that the accelerator of her Plymouth Breeze got stuck, causing her to crash into the two women who were walking in the parking lot of Chili's at 40584 U.S. 19 N.

The girl's mother and stepfather, who were passengers in the car, corroborated the girl's claim, said Tarpon Springs police Capt. Jeff Young. But a preliminary investigation found no mechanical defects with the vehicle, Young said.

Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor, Young said.

After the two women were hit, the Plymouth continued forward, striking an unoccupied parked car and some shrubbery before rolling down a small embankment, police said.

The Plymouth had nearly made it out onto adjacent Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when the girl's stepfather, who was in the front passenger seat, was able to pull the emergency brake to stop the car, Young said.

No charges have been filed and no citations have been issued as police continue to investigate the incident. On Tuesday evening, Flytzanis was listed in critical condition at Bayfront, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Teen driver who hit two women blames accident on stuck gas pedal, Tarpon Springs police say 04/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 7:17pm]
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