Driver of car loses control, hits two people, SUV, and shopping plaza in Dunedin

An out of control car is to blame for three injuries at the Causeway Plaza in Dunedin.
 
According to Pinellas County deputies, Robert Reed, 73, of Dunedin was driving his 2010 Audi northbound through the parking lot of the plaza, located at the intersection of Curlew Road and Alternate 19, just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday.  
 
Deputies said for an unknown reason, Reed accelerated and struck a concrete wall in front of the Dunedin Family Fitness Center. 
 
The impact caused a large chunk of the concrete from the wall to fall.  It struck Jeanette Kelly who was walking into the gym.
 
Reed then struck a bicyclist, Mark A. Imperato, who was crossing in the parking lot. Imperato suffered life threatening injuries.
 
After striking Imperato, Reed's out of control car continued to accelerate through the parking lot.
 
It struck a 2004 Nissan Armada driven by Robert Hupp and finally came to a stop.  The impacted caused Hupp’s SUV to smash into a pillar outside Bingo Time of Dunedin.
 
Hupp said he tried getting out of the way.  He was able to walk away, uninjured.
 
"It's a scary thing because at one point you just think your life kind of flashes in front of your eyes when you see a car coming at you that fast," Hupp told Action News Reporter Andrew Doud.
 
"I thought that a bomb had gone off," Hupp said recalling the impact. "It scared me to no end.  There's no doubt about that."
 
Mark Imerato and Jeanette Kelly were transported to Bayfront Medical Center and are in stable condition.
 
Investigators said alcohol and drug impairment are not factors in the crash. 

 

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