SAFETY HARBOR — Two teenagers were injured — one critically — when their scooter was involved in a crash with a delivery van Friday afternoon, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Sally G. Stotzer, 19, of Clearwater was driving a Yamaha Vino scooter when it and the van collided around 1:30 p.m. at Marshall Street and Philippe Parkway.
She suffered injuries that appeared to be life-threatening and was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
Her passenger, 18-year-old Katherine Brosseau of Safety Harbor, was taken by ambulance to Mease Countryside Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening. Neither Stotzer nor Brosseau were wearing helmets, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The driver of the Edible Arrangements van, 66-year-old Allen Chmielweski of Largo, was not injured.
According to investigators, Chmielweski was westbound on Salem Place, which turns into Marshall Street, in his delivery van. Stotzer and Brosseau were southbound on Philippe approaching Marshall, when the two vehicles collided in the intersection.
Several neighbors who gathered at the scene said they were not surprised to hear about an accident at the intersection. The stop sign at Salem is set back several feet from the roadway and the view of oncoming traffic is obscured by a 6-foot high hedge, a large tree and other vegetation.
"I've almost got hit here," said Nicole Curl, 21. "You can't see anything."
Kevin Francis, 42, who lives at a corner of Salem and Philippe, agreed.
"You can't see to get it out. They need to take that big tree down," he said. "It's crazy."
No charges have been filed. The investigation is ongoing.
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