2 seriously injured in head-on crash in Pinellas County

A pregnant St. Petersburg woman miscarried as a result of the collision, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
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Published Aug. 23, 2021|Updated Aug. 23, 2021

Two people were seriously injured, including a pregnant woman who miscarried, after a head-on collision in Pinellas County early Monday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A 46-year-old St. Petersburg man was driving the wrong way on 54th Avenue North for unknown reasons, heading east in the westbound inside lane, deputies said. A 32-year-old St. Petersburg woman was driving west on 54th Avenue North when the man’s car collided head-on with her vehicle in the 4200 block of the road, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release Monday. Both vehicles rotated and came to a stop in the westbound lanes.

The woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital, where healthcare employees worked to save the woman’s baby, said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a spokesperson for the Highway Patrol. But the baby did not survive, he said.

A 34-year-old male passenger in the woman’s car also suffered serious injuries, deputies said. The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol did not release the names of those involved in the crash because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information long available under Florida’s public records law.