CLEARWATER – A 20-year-old Tarpon Springs man died June 9 in a car crash on northbound U.S. 19 north of Hammock Pine Blvd.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Jezreel Lamont Saunders was traveling southbound in the outside lane of U.S. 19 at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his 2003 Honda Accord about 4:51 p.m. The car rotated counterclockwise, crossed over the grass median and into the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 and into the path of a 2007 Ford van driven by Norman Ertel, 36, of St. Petersburg. Ertel’s van collided with the passenger side of Saunders’ car, which overturned and vaulted on top of a 1996 Mazda Miata driven by Diane Ryan, 49, of Brandon.
As Saunders’ car overturned, he was ejected and then struck by Ertel’s van. Saunders died at the scene.
Ertel was transported to Largo Medical Center for minor injuries. Ryan, and her passenger, Timothy Ryan, 50, of Brandon also suffered minor injuries and were transported to Mease Countryside.