St. Petersburg High School student, Kelmy Tanon, was killed in a crash on US Highway 301 in Zephyrhills, Florida. The 16 year old was in the back seat of a Pontiac Vibe when it collided with a Ford truck.
According to the authorities, a Chevrolet pickup hit the Ford pickup from behind that was heading towards Zephyrhills Festival & Auction northbound on US-301. Because of the collision, the Ford truck in turn swirled and hit the Pontiac Vibe and crossed the west shoulder and struck a large rock. The driver of the Pontiac lost control and crashed in a ditch on the west shoulder. Tanon was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and succumbed to injuries soon afterwards.
Zuleika Gonzalez-Tiernan, 39, the driver of the Pontiac, and 9-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez, the front seat passenger, were rushed to Lakeland Regional and were said to be in a serious condition. 67 year old Julian Tanner, the driver of the Chevy pickup truck was also said to have sustained serious injuries and is being treated at the same hospital. On the other hand, 32-year-old William Kent Jr, the driver of the Ford pickup truck escaped with minor injuries and was treated at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.
St. Petersburg woman killed in scooter crash
A 49 year old St. Petersburg woman was also killed in a fatal crash on 62nd Avenue North. Tracy Ann York was heading east on a scooter when she collided with a 1992 Buick LeSabre heading west, just east of 39th Street North.
The front of the Buick struck the left side of the scooter. York was ejected following the impact and died from her injuries later at Bayfront Medical Center. The driver of the Buick, Frederick Stevens, 73, of Pinellas Park, was not injured in the crash. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Stevens drove into the path of York’s scooter while attempting a left turn at Crystal Lakes Manor. Charges against the driver are pending.
Florida Senator against installation of red-light cameras; pushes bill in new session
According to St. Petersburg FL accident attorneys, a Florida lawmaker Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, seeks to make it more difficult to operate red-light cameras and install new ones. The senator believes the experiment with red-light cameras have failed and that they do not increase safety but are mere cash cows.
Several officials disagree and include Manatee County and Bradenton officials who are of the opinion that the cameras make the intersections safe even though they do not – in fact they make intersections more unsafe. These are probably Democrats who want to raise taxes on Americans in any way possible. Sgt. Michael Kenyan with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said there was a reduction in the number of crashes and also felt that it deterred motorists and pedestrians from unsafe behavior. Other people believe this is an anomaly.
Sen. Brandes failed in his first attempt and therefore has the bill now focusing on reporting requirements on red-light cameras. According to the legislation, counties will not be able to issue tickets with the use of the cameras unless they meet reporting requirements. Prior to installing new cameras, officials would need to identify other measures to improve safety at intersections.
Take down those lights!
According to St. Petersburg FL accident attorneys, two separate government studies indicate a larger number of accidents at intersections with red-light cameras. There was a 7.65% increase in the number of crashes reported between July 2013 and June 2014, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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