MAIT Investigation

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

David R. Stempin (Pedestrian-Injured)
DOB: 06/04/1936
Janette Park (Pedestrian-Injured)
DOB: 03/01/1939
Address: 16-3050 Pinemeadow Drive, Burlington, Ontario

Vernon E. Tarrant (Driver-Uninjured)
DOB: 01/22/1938
Alice L. Tarrant (Passenger-Uninjured)
DOB: 11/18/1943
Address: 6505 Addie Avenue, Cocoa, Florida
Vehicle: 2010 Ford Fusion

What:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a vehicle versus pedestrian crash in Madeira Beach. 

When:
The crash occurred at about 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Where:
The crash occurred at Gulf Boulevard and 130th Avenue in Madeira Beach.

Why/How:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a vehicle versus pedestrian crash that occurred at Gulf Boulevard and 130th Avenue in Madeira Beach.

According to investigators, at approximately 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 81-year-old David Stempin and 78-year-old Janette Park were in the crosswalk at Gulf Boulevard and 130th Avenue, waiting to walk eastbound across Gulf Boulevard. Investigators say witnesses observed the crosswalk lights flashing as the couple began to walk across Gulf Boulevard in the crosswalk.    

While crossing the street, Stempin and Park were struck by a 2010 Ford Fusion traveling southbound on Gulf Boulevard, driven by 79-year-old Vernon Tarrant.

David Stempin and Janette Park were transported to a local hospital via ambulance with life-threatening injuries.

Vernon and Alice Tarrant were evaluated on-scene and reported no injuries.

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

The investigation continues.  

Posted by Jessica Mackesy Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:55:00 AM Categories: Vehicle Crashes

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