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M.A.I.T. Investigates Three Car Crash In South Pasadena; Four Sustain Non Life-Threatening Injuries

Release Number:  12-005

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

1998 Nissan Altima:

Jeanne Cinotti (Driver/Injured)
DOB: 12/03/1935
Address: 6833 Bay Street, St. Pete Beach

Michael Cinotti (Passenger/Injured – Jeanne’s husband)
DOB: 01/05/1923
Address: 6833 Bay Street, St. Pete Beach

1997 Ford Explorer:

Wesley Middleton (Driver/Injured)
DOB: 07/26/1969
Address: 5110 69th Way, St. Petersburg

Joel Sanchez (Passenger/Injured)
DOB: 09/20/1967
Address: 4514 66th Avenue North, St. Petersburg

1998 Ford Expedition:

Elena Pleskov (Driver/Not Injured)
DOB: 09/02/1970
Address: 6108 Pasadena Point Boulevard, Gulfport

Lev Beyzerman (Passenger/Not Injured)
DOB: 07/07/1950
Address: Brooklyn, New York

What:  The Sheriff’s M.A.I.T. Team is investigating a three car crash in South Pasadena. As a result of the crash, four people were transported to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.

Where:  The crash occurred at 985 Pasadena Avenue South (intersection of Hibiscus Avenue).

When:  The crash occurred just after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

How/Why: 

According to investigators,the Nissan Altima driven by 76-year-old Jeanne Cinotti was northbound on Pasadena Avenue making a left hand turn onto Hibiscus Avenue.

Deputies say Cinotti turned left in front of the Ford Explorer driven by 42-year-old Wesley Middleton which was heading south on Pasadena Avenue.

Middleton’s Explorer struck the Nissan Altima causing it to strike the Ford Expedition driven by 41-year-old Elena Pleskov which was stopped at a stop sign facing east on Hibiscus Avenue.

Cinotti and her passenger 88-year-old Michael Cinotti were transported by ambulance to Bayfront Medical for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Middleton was transported by ambulance to Palms of Pasadena for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. His passenger, 44-year-old Joel Sanchez was transported to Bayfront Medical Center with what initially were thought to be life-threatening injuries. His injuries, however were non life- threatening.

The driver and passenger of the Ford Expedition were uninjured.

Speed does not appear to be a factor in this crash.

One lane of southbound Pasadena; and Hibiscus Avenue at Pasadena Avenue South were closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted.

The investigation continues.

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