HART Bus, Stolen Car Collide After Police Chase

According to the Tampa Bay News a man driving a stolen car was being chased by police when the driver collided with a HART bus this morning at 29th Street and 21st Avenue, police said.

The bus driver and a pedestrian were not seriously injured but were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital.  The suspect that caused the auto accident got away from police.

The incident began about 6:45 a.m. when a caller told police that someone might be breaking into an SUV at 19th and McBerry streets.

A nearby officer provided a description of the suspects vehicle; another officer spotted the vehicle and learned that the 1995 burgundy Altima was stolen.

The police tried stopping the Altima, but the driver fled with the car headlights off. The driver of the stolen Altima tried to pass a HART bus while it was turning left and collided according to the police.

Police chases have been a long public safety debate in Tampa. According to a recent St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9poll, 44 percent of Hillsborough and Pinellas residents support allowing officers to chase those suspected of nonviolent crimes.

But 43 percent oppose it, with 14 percent undecided. The margin of error: 4 percentage points.

The Tampa Police Department says it does everything it can to avoid a pursuit before one starts.

If you are ever injured in an auto accident call the law firm of Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes. Our attorneys have the experience to see you through the aftermath of an auto accident.

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