Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers are continuing with an open investigation to determine
the primary cause behind a mid-August
car crash. On August 19th, just before midnight, a man lost control of his vintage Corvette.
62 year old William Ray Elliot, of St. Petersburg, was headed north on
34th Street in his 1976 Chevrolet Corvette when he suddenly lost control
of the vehicle. The car reportedly veered suddenly into a utility pole
and several parked cars. After striking one utility pole, the Corvette
struck two unoccupied parked cars and then overturned and smashed into
a second utility pole, according to accident report details recorded by the FHP.
Investigators and troopers stated that both Elliot and his passenger, 50
year old Gina Molina Abella, were not wearing their seat belts. Both individuals
were ejected from the vehicle during the multiple impact crash. William
Ray Elliot was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while Abella
was transported by ambulance to
Bayfront Medical Center.
As of September 17th, FHP officials were still pursuing an open, ongoing
investigation in order to figure out exactly what could have caused the
crash. It was not clear as to whether Albella was able to provide FHP
troopers with any information regarding any potential health conditions
affecting the driver or any involvement of alcohol. Investigators have
not provided any comments nor had they listed any pending charges on the
motor vehicle accident report.