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14-097 Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) Investigates Car Vs. Motorcycle Crash In St. Pete Beach

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

James Clark (Uninjured Driver)
DOB: 8/15/1933
Address: 5940 Balao Way, St. Pete Beach
Vehicle: 2000 Lexus

Jesse Almond (Injured Driver)
DOB: 1/6/1935
Address: 1117 Pinellas Bayway #106, Tierra Verde
Vehicle: 2012 Kawasaki Motorcycle

What:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a car vs. motorcycle crash in St. Pete Beach.

When:
The crash occurred at about 2:26 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

Where:
The crash occurred on Gulf Blvd. in the area of 73rd Avenue in St. Pete Beach.

Why/How:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a car vs. motorcycle crash in St. Pete Beach that occurred at about 2:26 p.m. on Wednesday, May, 7, 2014.

According to deputies, 80-year-old James Clark was driving his 2000 Lexus southbound on Gulf Blvd. in the median lane in the area of 73rd avenue. At the same time, 79-year-old Jesse Almond was driving his 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle, attempting to pull onto Gulf Blvd from 73rd Avenue, intending to travel southbound. Almond struck the driver’s side rear quarter panel of the Lexus, causing him to be ejected from the motorcycle.

Almond was transported to a local hospital via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Almond was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Clark was not injured in the crash.

It does not appear that alcohol or drug impairment were factors in the crash. No charges are pending at this time.

The investigation continues.

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