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Police: St. Petersburg taxi passenger killed in multi-car collision

An Express Taxi rear-ended a Chevrolet Tahoe. Four other vehicles stopped at a traffic light were then hit.
Published Jan. 27, 2019

A six-vehicle crash in St. Petersburg left a female taxi passenger dead on Sunday afternoon.

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, 47-year-old David Yancey was driving a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria Express Taxi southbound on 49th Street with passenger Heather Scozzaro, 40, when he rear-ended a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 78-year-old John McVey that was stopped at 38th Avenue N.

Police said neither Yancey nor Scozzaro were wearing seat belts.

The crash then caused a chain reaction and four other vehicles stopped at the red light were hit.

The Tahoe hit a 2017 Ford Escape driven by Barbara Weber, 71, and a 2017 Chevrolet SS driven by Thomas Stewart, 57.

The Escape was then pushed into a 2014 Kia Optima driven by 85-year-old Warren Chase, and the Kia struck a 2018 Hyundai Sante Fe driven by Beth Johnson, 50.

Yancey and Scozzaro suffered serious injuries and were transported to Bayfront Health St Petersburg, where Scozzaro died.

McVey and Weber suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to area hospitals.

Authorities said that alcohol played a role in the crash but did not elaborate further. The crash investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

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