80-year-old dead in three-vehicle crash in Oldsmar

OLDSMAR - The Pinellas County Major Accident Investigation Team is looking into a fatal three vehicle crash that took the life of an 80-year-old man in Oldsmar Wednesday.

According to investigators, 65-year-old Marie Mikuliza was traveling westbound on Tampa Road in the left turn lane, approaching St. Petersburg Drive shortly before 2:50 p.m.

As she made a left turn onto St. Petersburg Drive, her Cadillac DeVille was struck on the passenger side by two vehicles, a Jeep Liberty, driven by 32-year-old Arianis Vevero-Pompa , and a Ford Fusion driven by 31-year-old Dustin Keithly.

Both Verero-Pompa and Keithly were traveling eastbound on Tampa Road, side-by-side.

Deputies say both drivers tried to brake and avoid the crash, but they were unsuccessful.

The front passenger seat of the Cadillac DeVille, was occupied by Marie's husband 80-year-old Joseph Mikuliza.

Deputies say Mr. Mikuliza became trapped in the vehicle from the impact. It took Oldsmar Fire Rescue 30 minutes to get him out.

 Mikuliza was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

He was pronounce deceased at the hospital at 4:17 p.m.

His wife Maria was also taken to St.  Joseph's for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The other drivers were not injured in the crash.

It does not appear that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

The investigation continues.
 

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