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1 dead, 2 hurt when drunk driver hits trees on Bayshore in Clearwater, police say

Winston B. Norman, 32, of Safety Harbor, was arrested on charges including DUI manslaughter in the fatal crash Thursday night.
One person died and two were injured Thursday night when a car slammed into trees along Bayshore Boulevard in Clearwater.
One person died and two were injured Thursday night when a car slammed into trees along Bayshore Boulevard in Clearwater. [ Clearwater Police Department ]
Published Oct. 8
Updated Oct. 8

CLEARWATER — One person died and two were injured Thursday night when a drunk driver lost control of his car on Bayshore Boulevard in Clearwater and crashed into a stand of trees, police said.

The crash occurred about 10:29 p.m. near San Mateo Street.

The driver, Winston B. Norman, 32, of Safety Harbor, was treated and released for his injuries at a hospital then arrested on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving with a license suspended or revoked involving death.

Winston B. Norman, 32, of Safety Harbor, was arrested on charges including DUI manslaughter in the death of a passenger.
Winston B. Norman, 32, of Safety Harbor, was arrested on charges including DUI manslaughter in the death of a passenger. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]

Norman was headed north on Bayshore in a 2010 Volkswagen at a high rate of speed when he lost control, left the road and hit several trees, police said.

One of his passengers, a 42-year-old man, died of his injuries. His name was not released until his next of kin could be notified. A second passenger, a 33-year-old man, was treated and released at a hospital.

Bayshore was closed in both directions for the investigation and had reopened by 5:20 a.m. Friday.

Norman was being held without bond Friday in the Pinellas County Jail. He has two previous arrests for DUI in Pinellas, according to jail records, last November and in October 2013.

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