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Police: Pickup driver ran red light before crash with St. Petersburg garbage truck

ST. PETERSBURG — A pickup driver was cited for running a red light and driving with a suspended license after striking a city garbage truck Monday, police said.

The driver, Sonie Rae Hartless, 39, was in serious condition Tuesday morning at Bayfront Medical Center.

The crash happened just after 4 p.m. at 25th Street and 22nd Avenue N.

A passenger in the vehicle, Jason A Engel, and the garbage truck driver, Reginald Gerome Brown, were not seriously injured.

Though traffic investigators had not completed an accident report, an officer at the scene said it appeared the pickup was eastbound on 22nd Avenue N. The garbage truck was westbound when it began making a left turn to go south on 25th Street when it hit the pickup's left front end, the officer said. Police said several people witnessed the crash.

City sanitation director Ben Shirley, who went to the scene, said the garbage truck driver was nearing the end of his shift and headed to a city garage.

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Police: Pickup driver ran red light before crash with St. Petersburg garbage truck 08/31/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 10:59am]
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