Pinellas Forensic Specialist Halts Further Injury Following Vehicle Crash

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Photo of the collision between the Mustang and CSI vehicle
Photo of the collision between the Mustang and Pinellas County CSI vehicle

Pinellas Forensic Specialist Halts Further Injury Following Vehicle Crash

Posted: November 28, 2015

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Investigation Team investigated a crash Saturday afternoon.  The crash involved one of their Forensic vans at the intersection of 49th Street and 118th Avenue N.

In a press release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), 23 year-old Katie Scott of Homewood, Alabama, was preparing to make a left turn from southbound 49th Street onto 118th Avenue.  She proceeded into the intersection in her 2008 Ford Mustang with the green arrow.  60 year-old Claude Ricciotti of Largo was traveling westbound on 118th Avenue in a 1994 Nissan Pickup.  According to Deputies, Riccotti continued through the intersection on a red light striking the Mustang.

Scott reportedly blacked-out and was slumped over the wheel and continued to roll through the intersection.  PCSO Forensic Specialist John Huff witnessed the crash and investigators say he pulled the PCSO Ford Ecoline van into the path of the Mustang to prevent it from continuing to roll.




Deputies say that Huff’s actions prevented the Mustang, with its injured driver, from rolling into cross traffic.

Scott was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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