On Sunday, March 3, 2013, a wrong-way crash in St. Petersburg occurred on Interstate 275. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 10:00 p.m. Sunday evening near the 22nd Avenue North exit ramp.
The alleged wrong-way driver, 26-year-old Constantine Nicholas Chaconas of Palm Harbor, died from his injuries upon impact. Police indicated that he was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of I-275, approaching the 22nd Avenue North exit, when he struck a Toyota Solara that was headed in the opposite direction.
Eugene Daniel Liddy, 73, of Sarasota, was driving his Toyota at the time of the accident with the correct flow of traffic. He was severely injured and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment, where he was listed in serious condition.
The accident is still under investigation; however, investigators have indicated that Chaconas was driving the wrong-way on the interstate and that his 1991 Infiniti M30 hit the left front of the Toyota. When it made impact, the Infiniti started sliding onto the median shoulder where it eventually rolled over, coming to a rest on its roof.
There is no word on whether alcohol or drugs are suspected in this wrong-way crash. There is also no update on Eugene Daniel Liddy’s condition at this time.
The Sarasota accident attorneys at Mallard Perez would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Constantine Chaconas and we would like to wish Mr. Liddy a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.