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Minor injuries reported in seven-car crash
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A 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood rests on its side after beginning a chain of crashes involving six other vehicles June 21 near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Belcher Road.
PINELLAS PARK – Failed brakes may be the cause of a seven-vehicle crash that occurred about 2:40 p.m. Saturday, June 21, near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Belcher Road in Pinellas Park.

According to Pinellas Park police, Katherine Langston, 30, of Dade City was driving a 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood westbound on Park Boulevard in the median lane just before the initial crash. She told police that as she was approaching Belcher Road, she noticed that the light was red and began to attempt to brake; however, her brakes didn’t work.

The Cadillac sideswiped a 2005 Ford Escape that was in the center lane. The driver of the Escape, Mary J. Phero, 53, of Seminole was uninjured.

The Cadillac then continued westbound and struck a 2014 Jeep Wrangler, which was in the median lane. The impact caused the Jeep to hit a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg, which was in the southbound turn lane for Belcher Road.

The driver of the Jeep, Dale Harris, 57 of St Petersburg, was uninjured. The front seat passenger, Ida Harris, 56, was transported to Bayfront Hospital. The driver of the Touareg, Ann C. Garcia, 50, of St Petersburg, and her two daughters, ages 18 and 14, were uninjured.

After the Cadillac struck the Jeep, it ran into a 2013 Nissan Rogue, which was in the median lane. The Nissan was knocked into a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 located in the median lane.

The driver of the Nissan, Riley Wallace, 29, of Seminole and his mother, Catherine Theriault, 56, of Seminole, a passenger, were uninjured. Wallace’s 5-month-old daughter was taken to All Children’s Hospital in a private vehicle. The driver of the Dodge Ram, Minh Vo, 48, of Largo was transported to Northside Hospital.

After striking the Nissan, the Cadillac rolled onto the passenger side, against a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan, which was in the center lane. The driver of the Caravan, Cassandra Ventura-Riddick, 40 of St. Petersburg, nor her husband, Lance Riddick 41, or her two sons, ages 8 and 10, were injured.

Langston and the owner of the Cadillac, Morgan Williams, 22 of St Petersburg, were transported to Bayfront Hospital. Williams’ two children, both age 2, were transported to All Children’s Hospital.

Pinellas Park police reported Sunday that all the patients transported by ambulance to local hospitals had been released. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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