Four Seriously Injured on Bryan Dairy Road

View of the scene after all the patients were safely en-route to the hospital
View of the scene after all the patients were safely en-route to the hospital

Four Seriously Injured in Bryan Dairy Road Crash

December 5, 2014

Multiple 911 calls were received following a traffic crash that occurred about 10:08 PM on Thursday, December 4, 2014.  Due to the information being provided by callers, additional units were dispatched. In the end, Seminole Fire Rescue, Largo Fire Rescue, Lealman Special Fire Control District, Florida Highway Patrol, Sunstar Paramedics, and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office all arrived on-scene to assist. The amount of resources were needed due to the amount of hazards in the roadway, number of patient and the extent of their injuries.

Arriving units found three vehicles involved, one of which was on its side. Occupants of two of the vehicles were entrapped which required rescue workers to cut open parts of the vehicles. Bayflite was called to transport one of the patient to Bayfront Health St. Pete. The landing zone for the helicopter was at the nearby Osceola High parking lot.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 20 year-old driver from Pinellas Park, was traveling in a red 2014 Nissan 370Z eastbound on Brian Dairy Road, west of Starkey Road, making a lane change from the center lane, to the inside lane.

Frank Berni, age 20 of Tampa along with his passenger Eva Valentina, age 22 of Seminole, were traveling westbound in a 2004 Toyota 4D on Brian Dairy Road, west of Starkey Road, in the inside lane.

Meghan Eveland, age 17 of Seminole, was traveling westbound in a white 2001 Honda 2D car on Brian Dairy Road, west of Starkey Road in the center lane.

While making the lane change, the driver lost control of his Nissan which traveled across the center median and into the inside westbound lane of Brian Dairy Road.  As a result, the front of his Nissan collided with the right front of the Toyota. The Toyota was redirected and collided with the Honda.

Neighbors in a nearby residential area described the crash by saying they heard two loud booms. Many came out to watch as firefighters moved from one vehicle to another in order to safely and quickly remove the injured from the vehicles.

Three people were transported to Bayfront Health St. Pete and one was transported to Morton Plant Hospital.

The driver of the Nissan was ticketed for Careless Driving.

All occupants of the vehicles were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash and alcohol did not appear to be a factor according to the FHP report.


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