MAIT Investigation

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team
Support Services Bureau
-Forensic Science Division

Meghan Fowler (Driver-Injured)
DOB: 07/14/1983
Address: 305 Hidden Harbour Drive in Indian Rocks Beach
Vehicle: 2014 Jeep Wrangler

Ruth Sabin (Driver- Injured)
DOB: 07/05/1965
Address: 8742 113 Street North in Seminole
Vehicle: 2006 Ford Escape

What:                                               
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a two vehicle crash in the city of Belleair Beach.

When:
The crash occurred at about 11:33 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

Where:
The crash occurred southbound near the 1800 block of Gulf Boulevard in Belleair Beach.

Why/How:
According to investigators, at approximately 11:33 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 36-year-old Megan Fowler was driving her 2014 Jeep Wrangler southbound on Gulf Boulevard. While driving, Fowler was struck from behind by 54-year-old Ruth Sabin, driving a 2006 Ford Escape.

The collision caused Fowler’s Jeep to overturn onto its passenger side and crash onto a residential fence located at 1720 Gulf Boulevard. After colliding with the Jeep, Sabin’s Ford continued southbound striking two water meters, a water main and a utility pole on the west side of the road before stopping at 1540 Gulf Boulevard.

Fowler was transported to Morton-Plant Hospital as a precaution and Sabin was taken to Bayfront Health Hospital for non-life threating injuries.

Investigators say excessive speed and alcohol were both factors in the crash.

Criminal charges are pending for Sabin.

The investigation continues.  

Posted by Chuck Skipper Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:37:00 PM Categories: Vehicle Crashes

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