Pinellas County, FL (December 3, 2019) - Two women from Massachusetts were killed in a crash that took place along US 19 in Pinellas County. The crash was reported to have occurred around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1st.
The Florida Highway Patrol responded to US 19 near the intersection with Royal Boulevard. Upon arrival, troopers located the victims, later identified as 84-year-old Diane P. Pires and 69-year-old Diana Rakauskas of Kingston, MA. Investigators say that Pires was driving a 2013 Volvo T6 southbound on US 19. She made a left turn onto Royal Boulevard when a collision occurred with a 2011 Audi that was driven by 56-year-old John Boussias. The two cars collided. Rakauskas died at the scene and Pires later passed away at Mease Countryside Hospital. Boussias suffered minor injuries and was also treated at Mease.
Alcohol did not play a role in the crash and an investigation is ongoing at this time.
Deadly car accidents, unfortunately, take place every day in Florida. This year alone, more than 3,000 people will lose their lives due to traffic-related incidents in our state. These crashes occur approximately every three hours and frequently claim the lives of innocent victims. If you have lost a loved one to a Florida car accident, you are no doubt experiencing one of the toughest times of your life.
Our thoughts go out to the families who have been affected by this tragedy.
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