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Tarpon Springs Man Arrested in December 2013 Crash

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Tarpon Springs Man Arrested in December 2013 Crash

October 16, 2014

19-year-old Cory Ziegler has been arrested for his involvement in a December 2013 crash which resulted in three people sustaining serious injuries.  The arrest took place on October 15, 2014 and Ziegler was charged with 3-counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury

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Following the crash that occurred on December 6, 2013, deputies continued to conduct their investigation. After multiple witness interviews and a crash reconstruction, deputies obtained an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Cory Ziegler and executed that warrant at about 7:15 p.m. on October 15, 2014.  He was located and arrested at his Tarpon Springs home.  Ziegler was arrested for three-counts reckless driving with serious bodily injury. He was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. Deputies say the investigation determined that Ziegler was driving at a high rate of speed, well over the speed limit, at the time of the crash.

CORY MICHAEL  ZIEGLER
CORY MICHAEL ZIEGLER

According to investigators, Ziegler was traveling northbound in the median lane of Belcher Road in his 2002 Ford Sport Track when he changed lanes into the curb lane in order to go around a slower moving vehicle. As he changed lanes, deputies say he noticed a truck pulling a directional arrow sign board and attempted to accelerate around the slow-moving vehicle. As he attempted to move back into the median lane to avoid the arrow board trailer, Ziegler struck the trailer with the rear quarter panel of his vehicle, causing him to lose control and the vehicle to fishtail. According to deputies, the Ford then struck the median and began to roll. The roll caused Ziegler’s three passengers to be ejected from the vehicle. All three passengers sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. Ziegler was not injured.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BELOW – 12/7/2013

Emergency crews were dispatched Friday after reports of a crash in the area of Belcher Road and Highland Woods Drive.  The crash occurred at about 11:43 a.m. just to the south of Curlew Road in Dunedin.

According to investigators, the Ford F350 driven by 31-year-old Shalindra Kasinath was traveling northbound at a slow rate of speed in the curblane of Belcher Road pulling a directional arrow sign board through an area of construction.  The vehicle was owned by Hubbard Construction.  The sign was directing drivers to the median lane.

The 2002 Ford Sport Track driven by 18-year-old Cory Ziegler was traveling northbound in the median lane of Belcher Road.

Investigators say Ziegler changed lanes into the curb lane in order to go around a slower moving vehicle. As he changed lanes, deputies say, he noticed the arrow board and attempted to accelerate around the slow-moving vehicle. As he attempted to move back into the median lane to avoid the arrow board trailer, Ziegler struck the trailer with the rear quarter panel of his vehicle, causing him to lose control and the vehicle to fishtail. According to deputies, the Ford then struck the median and began to roll.

The roll caused Ziegler’s three passengers, 18-year-old James Spence, 17-year-old Jessie Aldridge and 17-year-old Kyle Aldridge to be ejected from the vehicle. Deputies say the three did not appear to be wearing seatbelts. Ziegler was not ejected. Deputies say he was wearing a seatbelt.

Ziegler was not injured in the crash. Spence was transported by air to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of life threatening injuries. Jessie Aldreidge was transported by air to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of life threatening injuries. Kyle Aldridge was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment of minor non-life threatening injuries.

Crews from multiple local fire departments arrived on scene to assist as each subject required medical care.  Additional units were also needed to establish landing zones for the two incoming Bayflite units.

At this time deputies say speed does appears to be a factor in the crash.

Traffic was shut down for approximately 6 hours while deputies from the Pinellas County Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) conducted their investigation.

The investigation continues.

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