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12-191 M.A.I.T. Investigates Fatal Single Vehicle Crash In Dunedin

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.)

Martin Avolt (Deceased)
DOB: 12/20/1941
Address: 3930 Old Romney Road, Lafayette Indiana
Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Caravan

What:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a fatal single vehicle crash in Dunedin, in which the driver appears to have lost control of the vehicle.

When:
Deputies responded to the crash at about 9:39 a.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

Where:
The crash occurred at Curlew Road and Challenger Drive in Dunedin.

Why/How:
According to deputies, 70-year-old Martin Avolt, was driving westbound on Curlew Road with his 13-year-old grandson. He was in the right-turn only lane (at Challenger Drive) which turns into the Waterford Subdivision Crossing, when his grandson pointed out that he was in the wrong lane.

Deputies say Avolt made an abrupt lane change to the left, struck the quick curb traffic barriers and continued crossing to the left across the center divide into the eastbound lanes of Curlew and ultimately went off the roadway. According to deputies he then struck two chain link fences, went down into a ravine and his vehicle came to rest against a tree.

The 13-year-old boy who was not injured, exited the vehicle and flagged down deputies, who called Emergency Services. Avolt was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Deputies say a medical condition may have been a contributing factor in losing control of the vehicle.

The investigation continues.

Martin Avolt was the Tippecanoe County, Indiana Coroner.

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