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Two survive car crash at Clearwater Municipal Marina

CLEARWATER BEACH — Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon when their car crashed through a railing near the city marina and ended up partly submerged.

The driver, 25-year-old Jason P. Hutchason of Clearwater, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

His passenger, Clearwater resident Shanon E. Kelly, who will be 24 on Sunday, had minor injuries and was taken to Morton Plant Hospital.

According to Clearwater police, Hutchason was headed north on S Gulfview Boulevard about 6 p.m. when he failed to make the turn at Coronado Drive, where Gulfview ends.

Hutchason drove across the sidewalk on the east side of Coronado, went through the railing and over the seawall near Captain Memo's pirate ship.

The car's front end was partly submerged.

An investigation is ongoing and toxicology tests are pending.

"It appears they were impaired," said city spokeswoman Joelle Castelli.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Two survive car crash at Clearwater Municipal Marina 07/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:46pm]
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