Motorcyclists Ejected During Crash on Gandy Blvd
58 year-old Linda Diane Johnson of St Petersburg was booked into the Pinellas County Jail yesterday. Facing charges of Driving under the influence and Driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury. Bonded out in the amount of $5500.
Original Post: September 24, 2015 – 8:10 AM
Shortly after 8PM on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, fire rescue crews were dispatched to a motorcycle crash in St. Petersburg. The crash was reported on Gandy Blvd in the area of Derby Lane just east of 4th Street N.
Arriving crews located a woman in the roadway that was ejected from a motorcycle. Both occupants of the motorcycle were transported via Sunstar Paramedics to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for treatment of their injuries.
According to Steve Gaskins from the Florida HIghway Patrol (FHP), 60 year-old Linda Johnson was stopped at the driveway access of Pinewood Village located at 10441 Gandy Boulevard
North. She was driving a 2005 Honda Civic. A 2004 Suzuki GSX-R was traveling westbound on Gandy Blvd in the inside lane approaching the driveway access of Pinewood Village. Johnson turned right onto Gandy Blvd and attempted to change lanes into the left turn lane and entered the path of the motorcycle. As a result, the front of the motorcycle struck the rear of Honda ejecting the occupants. The driver is identified as 23 year-old Steven Mauk of Tampa and passenger 22 year-old Sara Beard also of Tampa. Both are listed in serious condition according to FHP.
FHP is continuing the investigation into the crash. Both riders were wearing helmet and charges are listed as pending. Alcohol did not appear to have played a role in the crash