Madeira Beach: Four Injured in Head-on Collision on the Tom Stuart Causeway Overnight

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Madeira Beach: Four Injured in Head-on Collision on the Tom Stuart Causeway Overnight

Four people were injured in a high speed head-on collision that occurred shortly before 2 am on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a two vehicle crash that seriously injured four people in Madeira Beach.

Corvette being towed from the scene of the early morning crash on the Tom Stuart Causeway

According to investigators, a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette, operated by 21-year-old
Jacob Peterson Jr. of Seminole, was traveling eastbound on the Tom Stuart Causeway. He reportedly lost control of the Corvette and crossed over the raised center median.

Investigators say a 2004 Nissan Altima, operated by 49-year-old Ronda Chambers of Seminole, was traveling westbound on the Tom Stuart Causeway when it was struck head-on by the Corvette.

Nissan Altima being towed from the scene of the early morning crash on the Tom Stuart Causeway

 

29-year-old Jorge Arturo of St. Pete Beach was the front seat passenger in the Corvette and 37-year-old Jason Bean of Seminole was the front seat passenger in the Altima.

Both vehicles sustained substantial damage and fire rescue crews worked to extricate all four people from the vehicles.

An air transport upgrade was requested due to the severity of the injuries and amount of time expected to free some of the occupants from the vehicles.  Bayflite arrived on scene at about 2:30 am and transported Chambers to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg about 25 minutes later. He was entrapped in the vehicle for nearly an hour.  Investigators say Chambers was transported with serious life threatening injuries.

Peterson, Arturo and Bean were transported by ambulance to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg also with serious life threatening injuries according to the report.

The Tom Stuart Causeway was closed until 7:55 am while investigators conducted their on-scene investigation.

Investigators believe alcohol, speed and inclement weather were contributing factors in the crash.

The investigation continues.

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