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Fireball Crash in St. Petersburg Seriously Injures Five People

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A chain reaction crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge involved multiple vehicles, including a tractor trailer. The complex wreck began when one driver stopped to help a Cadillac SUV which had run out of gas. A few moments later, an approaching eighteen-wheeler cut off a passenger car in traffic. That vehicle swerved to avoid… Read More »

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Officers Capture Fleeing Hit-and-Run Driver

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A Florida man is in custody after he jumped into a river to avoid capture in the wake of a car crash. Police say that 43-year-old Jack Knapper rear-ended another vehicle which was stopped at a traffic light. Officers tried to detain Knapper, who immediately fled the scene. A short distance away, he leaped… Read More »

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Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A woman is dead after she tried to walk across Interstate 75, and investigators believe that speed was to blame for the accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a woman was switching between vehicles which were parked on the shoulder. As she stepped into the traffic lane, a Hummer approaching at a high… Read More »

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SUV Crash Critically Injures Tampa Toddler

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A man who was backing out of his driveway struck a 3-year-old boy who was riding a tricycle. The impact sent the boy to the hospital with serious injuries. The crash occurred in a residential area of Land O’Lakes. According to police and witnesses, the child was riding his tricycle near his home when… Read More »

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High-Speed Police Chase Wreck Kills Two

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

What began as a routine traffic stop ended with two deaths after a violent collision in Lakeland. Early one morning, officers tried to detain Cleon Truedell for a traffic violation. Rather than pull over, Truedell sped away. Officers pursued him until he ran a red light at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and East… Read More »

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The Five Types of Driving Impairment

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Here in Tampa, driver error causes over 90 percent of car crashes. These crashes usually cause some kind of injury, many of them serious and life-changing. Tragically, some of these victims do not survive. The vast majority of these cases are not unavoidable “accidents.” Instead, some form of negligence usually causes the collision. That… Read More »

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Near-Fatal Scooter-Tanker Wreck in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A large tanker truck sideswiped a tiny e-scooter while the scooter rider was apparently driving in the bike lane. Emergency responders state that 33-year-old John Edgerton was not wearing a helmet as he rode his scooter in the bike lane. Near the intersection of 20th Street and Gordon Street, the scooter collided with a… Read More »

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Multiple Injuries in Pasco County School Bus Crash

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Several middle and high school students were among the victims when a passenger car slammed head-on into a school bus. The wreck occurred near the intersection of Kitten Trail and Oakwood Lane. For unknown reasons, a passenger car driver drifted into oncoming traffic and smashed into an oncoming school bus. The bus contained students… Read More »

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Fatal Rollover Crash in Plant City

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A factually and legally complex deadly vehicle collision near Tampa also sent a passenger to the hospital with serious injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Kilbert Rijos lost control of his SUV following a tire blowout. The out-of-control vehicle barrelled onto the median, where it overturned. Mr. Rijos was declared dead at… Read More »

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Spate of Officer-Involved Car Crashes in Pinellas County

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

In April 2019, two Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies seriously injured several people in two different collisions. In one incident, 28-year-old Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Schultheis rear-ended a vehicle which was stopped in traffic, causing a chain-reaction crash that seriously injured three people. Deputy Schultheis had been with Pinellas County for less than four… Read More »

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Reckless North Port Crash Kills One and Injures Many

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A 19-year-old Port Charlotte High School graduate is in police custody after a deadly alcohol-fueled wreck. When Stephanie Evrard missed a curve near the intersection of Jenip Court and Joewood Circle, there were multiple teenage passengers in her SUV. Several teens were clinging to the roof of the vehicle. The SUV overturned and ejected… Read More »

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Bartow Mini-Bike Crash Kills Two Young Girls

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Nine and twelve-year-old sisters are dead after their mini-bike collided with a passenger truck on a neighborhood street. Charisma and Kiera Vega were riding the mini-bike near the intersection of Wellington Place and Connorville Road when they rode directly into the path of an oncoming truck. The truck driver, whose name was not released,… Read More »

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Left Turn Crash Kills New Port Richey Motorcyclist

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A driver making a left turn against traffic turned directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle rider, throwing him off his bike and killing him almost instantly. The wreck happened near the intersection of Celestial Oaks Dr. and Florida Ave. According to police and witnesses, a Chevy Cobalt driver was in the left… Read More »

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Fatal Alcohol-Related Crash in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A 28-year-old woman may have been intoxicated when she drove the wrong way and caused a tragic chain-reaction crash. The car accident occurred on North 66th Street in Pinellas Park. The woman was southbound on the northbound side when she slammed into a northbound Chevrolet Equinox that was waiting at a red light. The… Read More »

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Tampa Hit-and-Run Driver Seriously Injures Homeless Man

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Authorities have few clues in the search for a driver who struck a wheelchair-bound man and immediately fled the scene. An unknown vehicle struck 63-year-old Bernard Smiley near the intersection of Nebraska Avenue and MLK. Police believe that the vehicle may have significant front-end damage, due to the nature of the crash. “When you… Read More »

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Alcohol-Related Fireball Crash in Tampa Kills One

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

One man’s BAC level was almost twice the legal limit when he wrecked his car and killed the passenger in his vehicle. Near the intersection of Westshore Boulevard and Montgomery Avenue, the 24-year-old motorist moved into the left lane to pass another vehicle. In so doing, he struck the median and then careened into… Read More »

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Loss-of-Control Crash Kills One, Injures One

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

In Jacksonville, a runaway car careened off several interstate barriers before it hit an oncoming vehicle. The car crash occurred on Interstate 295 near the New Kings Road intersection. According to police and witnesses, 33-year-old Antuan Shaw was northbound on I-295 in a Nissan Sentra. For unknown reasons, he lost control of his vehicle…. Read More »

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Runaway Driver Kills Tampa Teenager

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

An 18-year-old high school senior is dead after another driver, who was fleeing from the scene of an earlier accident, ignored a red light and slammed into her vehicle. A Bradenton woman was southbound on 27th Street East when a 23-year-old man hit her car in an intersection. The force of the collision ejected… Read More »

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Runaway Spring Hill Car Seriously Injures Six

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A 63-year-old woman lost control of her car and smashed into a restaurant, injuring six people in the process. One of the victims had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. The driver, whose name was not released, crossed from eastbound Spring Hill Drive onto the west side. She sideswiped a pickup truck, barreled… Read More »

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Alleged Auto Theft Ends In Serious Wreck

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Four people are in custody after authorities say they stole a vehicle and collided with another vehicle during their getaway. The incident began with an alleged carjacking on 18th Avenue in St. Petersburg. Police were alerted but they did not pursue the suspects. The stolen Hyundai sped away from the scene and collided with… Read More »

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