77-year-old passenger critically injured in Oldsmar crash

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A 77-year-old man was critically injured in a crash in Oldsmar Wednesday, according to Pinellas County deputies.

  • J. Cleofas Vergara-Jaimes, 77, airlifted from the scene
  • Vergara-Jaimes was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the crash
  • Speed, impairment not considered factors in the crash, say deputies

Officials say the car carrying J. Cleofas Vergara-Jaimes, 77, driven at the time by Joel Vergara-Rodriguez, 48, was traveling south on Forest Lakes Boulevard just south of Tampa Road at the time of the crash. As the car, a 2002 Dodge Dakota, approached the exit to the Walgreens parking lot on Forest Lake Boulevard, it was struck by another car leaving the parking lot.

The Dakota was struck on the passenger’s side and rolled over. Vergara-Jaimes received what were originally believed to be life-threatening injuries and was airlifted from the scene for medical treatment.

Vergara-Rodriguez and the driver of the second car, Chelsea Caldwell, 18, were not injured in the collision.

Investigators say that speed and impairment do not appear to be factors in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

Bay News 9 – local-news

June 22, 2016 |

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