CLEARWATER – A Safety Harbor man was killed and two others injured in a three-car crash about 7:12 p.m. Friday, June 13, on State Road 580 and Summerdale Drive in Clearwater.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Rafael De Jesus Bande, 82, was driving westbound on State Road 580, attempting to make a left turn into the Countryside Mall parking lot at the time of the crash. Cassidy Elizabeth George, 24, Clearwater was traveling eastbound on State Road 580, attempting to cross Summerdale Drive. A third vehicle, driven by Heather Nicole Hildebrand, 36, of Clearwater was stopped in the left turn lane on Summerdale Drive, facing north.
Troopers said the crash occurred when Bande turned left in front of George’s vehicle. George’s vehicle then collided with the front of Bande’s car and also struck the front of Hildebrand’s vehicle.
Bande was transported to Mease Dunedin Hospital where he died. George and her passenger, Samuel Lee Woodard, 20, of Clearwater were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious injuries. Hildebrand and her passenger were uninjured.