A driver running a red light at the intersection of McMullen Booth and Curlew roads caused a fatal crash on Wednesday morning. Clearwater Patch news reported a 54 year old Holiday resident suffered fatal injuries when the pick up truck he was driving crashed with a BMW driven by Jonathan Peter Bytautas, 29, of Clearwater, who failed to stop for the red light.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident victim, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was driving east on Curlew in the early morning hours when Bytautas ran through the red light on McMullen Booth road and hit the truck’s passenger side.
Bytautas was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious injuries. Investigators said the two vehicles involved in the fatal collision also collided with a third vehicle, another pickup truck, during the crash. The driver of this truck, George Neil Paajanen, a Palm Harbor resident, suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.
More people are injured in car crashes in Florida involving drivers running red lights than in any other crash type. Nationally, drivers running red lights is one of the most frequent causes of car accidents, accounting for approximately 90,000 car accident injuries and almost 1,000 wrongful deaths each year.
The incident is still under investigation. Charges were not filed immediately and no other details were reported. It is not known at this time whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.