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U.S. 19 at Curlew Road to close Tuesday night for accident investigation

PALM HARBOR — Officials will close U.S. 19 and Curlew Road from 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m. to investigate a deputy-involved crash that happened there early Saturday.

At about 12:45 a.m., Deputy Anthony Lorusso, 31, was driving his 2006 Ford Crown Victoria north on U.S. 19 approaching Curlew Road, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

A 2006 Volkswagon, driven by Kathleen Kotz, 59, was ahead of the deputy on U.S. 19 when a Sunstar ambulance in front of her activated its lights and siren.

The Sheriff's Office said a traffic light at Curlew Road was green, but when Kotz slowed for the ambulance, Deputy Lorusso's car rear-ended hers.

Kotz was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital with minor injuries. Lorusso and his police dog were not injured.

On Tuesday night, deputies will shut down that part of the road to re-create the events that led to the accident and test the way similar vehicles would skid in that situation, said Deputy Nicholas Lazaris.

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U.S. 19 at Curlew Road to close Tuesday night for accident investigation 03/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 1:12pm]

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