Lealman, FL (December 30, 2019) - A woman from St. Petersburg suffered serious injuries when a car struck a cemetery mausoleum in Lealman on Sunday, December 29th. The crash took place near the Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery at 5750 49th Street North.
According to reports, 59-year-old Sandra Lynn Smith was driving a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass northbound in a grass lot at the cemetery. Smith failed to navigate around a mausoleum in the lot and the front left of her vehicle struck the building. Smith's passenger, 63-year-old Betty Strickland was seriously hurt in the crash. Smith was taken to Bayfront Health where she was listed in critical condition. She was not wearing a seat belt.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the crash. There is no word on potential charges at this time.
Car accidents take place in Florida approximately every 92 seconds and negligent drivers are all around us on the roadway at any given time. Any number of circumstances can contribute to a crash, however, no one is ever truly safe from being involved in an injury accident. Distraction, speeding, and impairment are the main reasons for many crashes on our roadways.
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