MAIT Crash Investigation

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
- Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T)

Scott Colletti (Driver – Injured)
DOB: 01/21/1965
Address: 2400 Winding Creek Boulevard, Apt. 24201, Clearwater
Vehicle: 2013 Kia Optima

Ryan Decubellis (Driver- Injured)
DOB: 08/01/1997    
Address: 7835 Yucca Drive, New Port Richey
Vehicle: 2017 Suzuki Motorcycle

What:                                   
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) investigate a crash that caused serious injuries to a motorcyclist in Clearwater.

When:
The crash occurred at about 8:55 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Where:
The vehicle vs motorcycle crash occurred in the northbound lanes of US Highway 19 North at Winding Creek Boulevard, in Clearwater.

How/Why:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) investigate a crash that caused serious injuries to a motorcyclist in Clearwater.

According to investigators, 21-year-old Ryan Decubellis was driving his 2017 Suzuki Motorcycle northbound on US Highway 19 North. Decubellis was driving with a group of four other motorcycles when he drove past two Pinellas deputies driving fully marked cruisers. Deputies say Decubellis accelerated past the deputies at a high rate of speed.

Almost simultaneously, a 2003 Kia Optima driven by 54-year-old Scott Colletti began making a left hand turn across northbound US Highway 19 North traffic, onto Winding Creek Boulevard. Deputies say Decubellis crashed his Suzuki motorcycle into the front of the Kia Optima driven by Colletti,

Deputies say that Decubellis was ejected from the motorcycle upon impact with Colletti’s vehicle.

Decubellis sustained serious injury as a result of the crash and was transported to Bayfront Health Hospital in St Petersburg. Deputies say Decubellis was wearing a motorcycle helmet. 

Colletti sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital.

Investigators say the crash occurred before deputies had an opportunity to initiate a traffic stop or activate their emergency equipment.

Speed is a factor in this case and charges are pending for Decubellis.

The investigation is continuing.

Posted by Dan Difrancesco Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:21:00 AM Categories: Vehicle Crashes

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