Driver Dies after Pinellas Park Crash
He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the SUV he was driving, Pinellas Park police said.
PINELLAS PARK – One driver died in a four-vehicle crash Saturday (Aug. 19) caused when another driver ran a red light, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.
Timothy Fitch, 53, of Pinellas Park, died at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where he was taken after the crash. His daughter, Kelly Ann Fitch, 20, was also taken to Bayfront with minor injuries. She had been a passenger in the 1998 Ford Explorer her father was driving.
Jasmin Gonzalez Jimenez, 22, of Pinellas Park, one of the other drivers, was taken to Bayfront with a broken wrist.
The crash happened about 7:06 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 19 N and 70th Avenue. Police said Jimenez was driving a 2005 Hyundai Tucson north on 19 ran the red light at 70th. The Hyundai hit Mr. Fitch’s Ford, which was traveling west through the intersection with a green light. The impact with the Explorer caused it to roll once and Mr. Fitch, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the open driver side window.
The Explorer continued to roll, striking a 2007 Infiniti M35 driven by Pierre Antwan Coston, 26, of St. Petersburg, and a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox driven by James Smith, 58, of Pinellas Park. Both had been stopped in the southbound lanes of U.S. 19 for the red light, police said. Both vehicles sustained minor damage. Neither driver was injured.
The Explorer ultimately landed on all four wheels and the vehicle rolled through the intersection where it was stopped by Kelly Fitch.
There are no criminal charges pending, police said, but one or more citations are pending once the investigation is complete.
For information about the Pinellas Park police, go to pinellas-park.com.
Photo courtesy of the Pinellas Park Police Department.
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