Release Number: 11-241
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT)
Sheila Simpson (Injured, Operator)
Address: 6580 Seminole Boulevard, #226, Seminole FL.
Vehicle: Astro Scooter
John Ferrante (Driver, Not injured)
Address: 7825 54th Avenue North, # 107, St. Petersburg FL.
Vehicle: 1989 Plymouth Acclaim 4 door
What: MAIT deputies are investigating a vehicle versus scooter crash that occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. at Bay Pines Boulevard and 94th Street North.
Where: Bay Pines Boulevard and 94th Street North in Seminole
When: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Patrol Operations Bureau deputies responded to a report of a vehicle versus a scooter traffic crash with injuries at Bay Pines Boulevard and 94th Street North in Seminole.
The adult female operator of the scooter, now identified as Sheila Simpson, was trapped under the vehicle and seriously injured. She was eventually freed by rescue units and transported to Bay Front Hospital with what appears to be life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle, John Ferrante was not injured.
According to MAIT deputies Simpson was operating an Astro scooter westbound on Bay Pines Boulevard approaching 94th Street North. Ferrante was in his 1989 Plymouth Acclaim at the intersection of Bay Pines Boulevard and 94th Street in the left turn lane of Bay Pines Boulevard facing east and attempting to make a left turn to go north on 94th Street. As he began to make the turn the two collided in the intersection.
The impact sent Simpson under Ferrante’s vehicle, and she was dragged for approximately 25 feet. She was seriously injured but conscious and talking to paramedics. She was transported to Bay Front Hospital by ambulance where she remains in serious condition. Deputies say she was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
At this point no one has been cited at fault in the crash, however MAIT deputies are still investigating.
The investigation continues.