PALM HARBOR — Two men were hospitalized Tuesday night when a driver failed to stop at a red light, causing the other driver to be thrown from his car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Around 9 p.m., Nicholas Louis, 30, of Tarpon Springs, was driving east in a Jeep on Alderman Road near the intersection with Omaha Street in Palm Harbor, FHP said. Meanwhile, 74-year-old John Brinch, of Palm Harbor, was traveling north on Omaha Street in a 2016 Kia SUV with one passenger.
Brinch ran a red light trying to turn onto Alderman Road as Louis was crossing the intersection legally, FHP said. Louis’ Jeep hit the left side of Brinch’s car, causing the Jeep to overturn and ejecting Louis, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
Both drivers were transported to hospitals for treatment of serious injuries, troopers said. Brinch’s passenger had minor injuries and treated at the scene.
Brinch was cited for failure to yield while making a turn under a red light, FHP said.