MAIT Investigation

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team

George A. GIllies (Driver-Injured)
DOB: 03/20/1931
Address: 1240 Michigan Boulevard, Dunedin
Vehicle: 2000 Ford Taurus
Citation: Failure to Yield

Detective Jennifer Zinge (Driver- Injured)
Date of Hire: 10/09/1994
Age: 45
Vehicle: 2013 Ford Fusion (Agency Vehicle)

What:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a deputy involved crash in Dunedin. 

When:
The crash occurred at about 4:07 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Where:
The crash occurred in the intersection of Main Street and Pinehurst Road in Dunedin.

Why/How:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a deputy involved crash at the intersection of Main Street and Pinehurst Road in Dunedin.     

According to investigators, at approximately 4:07 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Detective Zinge was on-duty and driving her unmarked Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office 2013 Ford Fusion westbound on Main Street in Dunedin. Investigators say 86-year-old George Gillies was driving his 2000 Ford Taurus eastbound on Main Street and attempted to make a northbound turn from Main Street onto Pinehurst Road, in front of Detective Zinge’s vehicle, causing the collision. Investigators say both westbound and eastbound traffic signals at Main Street and Pinehurst Road were green.

Detective Zinge was transported to a local hospital via ambulance with non- life-threatening injuries.

George Gillies was also transported to a local hospital via ambulance with non- life-threatening injuries.

Gillies was issued a non-criminal traffic citation for Failure to Yield.

It does not appear that speed or impairment are factors in the crash.

The investigation continues.  

Posted by Jessica Mackesy Tuesday, January 9, 2018 8:44:00 PM Categories: Vehicle Crashes

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