FHP: Teenage girl dead, 8 others injured in alcohol-related crash in Pinellas

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A teenage girl was killed and eight other people were injured in an alcohol-related crash in Pinellas County overnight, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Donshay Inmon was headed south on McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater when he saw a car and a truck collide.

“The dodge, ran the red light so it was just bad. I mean it happened so fast,” he said.

Seconds later, the Dodge burst into flames.

“I jumped out my car, so I started grabbing people and so I pulled maybe three people into the median,” the former soldier said. “It was completely scary, blood was everywhere.”

“I had a friend that was next to me and she did CPR on one of the guy’s and brought him back,” said Inmon.

Inmon tells WFLA he tried to go back for Jocelyn Schirmer, but it was too late.

“The one girl that was stuck inside the car, it was sad,” he said.

Florida Highway Patrol tells us, Donovan Patterson, 18, was driving a Dodge Caliber when he ran a red light and collided with a Ford pickup truck.

The passengers inside the car were Jocelyn Schirmer, 17-year-old Paul Schirmer, 20-year-old Caleb Lindsay, Kianna Diaz and Jayla Simpson, both 15.

Troopers said Dalton Cox, 22, was making a left turn from Curlew Road when he was hit by Patterson.

Megan Bortolus, 21 and Victoria Rowe, 23 were in his truck.

Authorities say alcohol was involved in the deadly crash. “There were also beer bottles found at the scene,” said Sgt. Allan Carter with Florida Highway Patrol.

Inmon believes he was in the right place at the right time.

“If we weren’t there, they all probably would have died because everybody was unconscious except for the ones in the truck. Everybody was unconscious in that car,” he said.

The crash remains under investigation.


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