St. Pete Traffic Fatality Under Investigation
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.