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Recent Posts in Traffic Deaths Category

July 1, 2010

Clearwater Traffic Felony – Man Arrested For Causing An Eight Car Crash That Killed Two People

A St. Petersburg man has been charged with two felony counts for causing a fatal accident in Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old is also facing drug possession charges.
April 19, 2010

Sarasota Reckless Driver Ends Up Dead Following High-Speed Chase

Ronald Daly was stopped in Sarasota on Beneva Road after police received a report of a reckless driver. The 50-year-old may have been issued a traffic ticket but he sped away before Sarasota County Sheriff’s could write him a citation. That led to a high-speed chase and ultimately to Daly’s death.
According to a story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Daly was stopped at 11:30 p.m. but he sped away. During the high speed chase Daly lost control of his 2010 Chevy and crashed into a tree. He was reportedly not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. There have been no details as to why police believe Daly fled the scene. He was driving erratically but there has been no mention of a drunk driving charge or an outstanding arrest warrant that may have caused him to flee.
March 11, 2010

Clearwater Police Stop Man For An Illegal U-Turn And He Dies During The Traffic Stop

Clearwater police are working to curtail what is normally their highest-accident month by beefing up red light enforcement. That was the case Wednesday when they pulled over a man for making an illegal U-Turn. Moments later the driver’s 50-year-old son wasn’t breathing. The officer tried to revive the man as did paramedics in a Chick-Fil-A parking lot but they were unsuccessful.

According to the story on there has been no ruling as of yet on Stephen Lanciotti’s cause of death but his father said the man
was feeling ill before they got in the car. There was no information on whether the illegal U-Turn was preformed due to the man’s health. Clearwater Police were on the spot because last year there were almost 600 car crashes with injuries and officers wrote almost 20,000 Florida traffic citations in the city last year. Both were increases from the year before.…

March 8, 2010

Tampa Driver Kills Pedestrian, Leaves The Scene And Then Returns With Her Parents

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s thought they were investigating a hit and run Sunday evening when they were called to a fatal crash on Dakota Avenue in Tampa. The driver who ran over and killed Billy Leedan Ivy may not be charged with leaving the scene of an accident after she returned with her parents.

Amanda Bentz has been identified as the driver that struck and killed Ivy at 9:30 Sunday. The 20-year-old asked to speak to investigators and reportedly told deputies she was the driver that struck the man who would have turned 43 today. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed as of yet.…

February 10, 2010

Two Pedestrians And A Bicyclist Killed On Tampa Bay Roads In Just 12 Hours

A rash of fatal car accidents involving pedestrians and bike riders struck the streets of Tampa Bay in the last 12 hours. Two pedestrians and a bicyclist were all killed by cars beginning Tuesday night. Of the three fatalities, two are being investigated as criminal acts and the drivers are expected to be charged with hit and run. Authorities are still searching for two drivers for leaving the scene of an accident.

The rash of traffic fatalities began Tuesday evening when a driver in Pinellas County ran over a pedestrian and then
left the scene of the accident. Witnesses say the vehicle was a black 4-door Infiniti sedan. At 3:10 a.m. another hit and run took place with a pedestrian fatality only this one occurred in Tampa on Dale Mabry. Officers found the grill of a Volkswagen with blood on it at the scene of the deadly crash. The last accident involved a man riding his bicycle near East Hillsborough Avenue. According to Bay News 9, there are no charges anticipated in this case.…

January 19, 2010

Pasco County Woman Awaiting Extradition From NY Due To Fatal Motorcycle Crash Last Year

Deborah Terrero, formerly of Hudson, Florida was arrested in New York this past weekend on a fugitive from justice warrant issued in December. The 53-year-old woman is accused of causing the death of a passenger on the back of a motorcycle in a crash that took place April 5. According to, Terrero has a long history of traffic tickets and citations in Florida. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident in 2006, she has received five speeding tickets and had her license suspended several times for failure to either appear in court or pay her traffic tickets.

Terrero could possibly be extradited for this latest traffic incident. According to the FHP the former Hudson resident pulled her SUV out onto U.S. 19 in front of a motorcycle driven by Kenneth L. Dillon. Dillon tried to avoid the collision but Terrero allegedly pulled into the center lane causing the collision. Dillon’s passenger was thrown from the motorcycle and died. Dillon suffered serious injuries. …

December 16, 2009

Update On Tampa Police Initiative To Stop Pedestrian Deaths

Police officers were out in force on Kennedy Blvd. Tuesday and Wednesday in an attempt to try and stem the tide of pedestrian deaths on Tampa streets. The police wrote seven tickets to Tampa drivers and handed out 91 warnings to pedestrians on Tuesday alone. The number of traffic citations issued on Wednesday wasn’t available at the time the story on was published.

According to police 70% of fatal pedestrian accidents happen outside of crosswalks so they have been out the past two days trying to educate Tampa’s pedestrians. Overall the police spent about three hours on Tuesday handing out citations and warnings. …

December 14, 2009

Pedestrian Deaths On Tampa Streets Leads To Crackdown On Jaywalkers, DUI And Crosswalk Violations

According to a national transportation study, Tampa Bay is ranked the second-most dangerous place in America for foot traffic. According to, 19 of the 41 Tampa traffic deaths in 2009 were pedestrians. Now the Tampa Police are cracking down at two Tampa intersections looking for drunk drivers, pedestrians who jaywalk and cars that violate crosswalks.

While most of the pedestrian traffic deaths are the fault of the pedestrian, the Tampa Police are launching a two-day crackdown at Kennedy Blvd. and Florida Ave. and Kennedy Blvd. and North Blvd. The police say they will issue warnings but if warranted, traffic citations will be issued as well. The operation is separate from one the DUI unit is planning on conducting as well.…

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