Police release name of man killed in seven-car crash in St. Petersburg

Published June 17, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG — Police released the name of the man who died in a seven-car crash in St. Petersburg on Monday afternoon.

Terry Crawford, 51, of Huntsville, Ala., had been driving on 34th Street "at a high rate of speed," police said, when he crashed into six other cars waiting at a red light at 38th Avenue S.

"Crawford failed to slow down in time and skidded approximately 140 feet before crashing into the rear passenger corner of the (Chevrolet) Cavalier," St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said.

She said Crawford's Chevrolet van then started to spin, crashed into the rear of a Mitsubishi sports car, rolled onto its side and struck the rear of a Toyota Tundra.

Crawford was "partially ejected" from the van and died at the scene of the crash.

Several other cars were hit in a chain reaction during the crash, which occurred at 3:23 p.m.

While several other drivers and passengers were injured, two seriously, no other deaths have been reported.