Pinellas Park Police Department
December 10, 2011
On Saturday, December 10, 2011, at approximately 8:53pm, a Pinellas Park Traffic Unit Officer assigned to the Pinellas Park Holiday Parade detail was flagged down by a citizen who advised that a vehicle had just crashed into a house at 4280 70th Avenue N.
On arrival, the officer discovered that a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis had crashed through the front living room area of the residence. The driver, William Shemela, age 75 and a passenger, Barbara Shemela, age 75 both of Pinellas Park were still in the vehicle but not seriously injured. Pinellas Park Fire Rescue responded to the scene. Both vehicle occupants were treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital for what are believed to be minor injuries. The residence is in the process of being renovated and was unoccupied at the time of the crash.
A preliminary investigation has determined that Mr. Shemela was westbound on 70th Avenue and attempted to conduct a U-Turn in the roadway due to parade traffic congestion. Mr. Shemela accelerated and lost control of the vehicle which jumped the curb, traveled through the yard, and struck the house.
Due to significant structural damage to the residence, the building has been determined to be uninhabitable until structural repairs can be made.
The crash remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time.
Further press inquiries can be directed to:
Sgt. Brian Unmisig, PIO