Palm Harbor man dead after wrong-way crash on Interstate 275

Published March 5, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG — One person was killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 275 Sunday night.

Constantine Nicholas Chaconas was driving north in the southbound lanes about 10 p.m. when his Infiniti collided with a Toyota near the 22nd Avenue N exit ramp, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Infiniti flipped and Chaconas, a 26-year-old Palm Harbor resident, was declared dead at the scene.

The second driver, Eugene Daniel Liddy, 73, of Sarasota, survived the impact and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center.

A St. Petersburg police officer was in the area around the time of the accident and tried to help Chaconas. Officer Kevin Haskins was on the interstate when he noticed debris from the crash and was flagged down by a person on the side of the expressway.

He rushed to the Infiniti, which was partly on fire, and tried to get to the unconscious man inside, but there was too much damage and Haskins was unable to reach him.