Drunk Driver Involved in Two Hit-and-Run Accidents Blocks Apart

A Clearwater man was drunk Tuesday night when he crashed into two vehicles in two separate accidents within a mile of each other and didn’t stop at either accident.

According to TampaBay.com, Stephen M. Provenzano, 24, was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. According to Clearwater police, Provenzano had a blood alcohol level of 0.184, more than twice the limit at which a driver is presumed impaired in Florida. Both crashes happened around 6:45 p.m. Police said Provenzano was southbound on Belcher Road when he hit a Lincoln Navigator near NE Coachman Road. A 6-year-old girl riding in the Navigator sustained injury, police said, and the crash caused major damage to the sport utility vehicle.

After leaving the scene of that car accident, Provenzano kept driving south and hit another vehicle a few blocks away, near Cleveland Street. He fled from that accident, too, and went to his home about a quarter of a mile away, police said. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Wednesday morning after posting $5,750 bail.

It’s drivers like this that make it so important to talk with an attorney after a car accident. To protect your family in the event one of these drivers cause serious injury after a car accident, make sure your automobile insurance policy has uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage it. This coverage provides coverage when the at-fault driver fails to carry bodily injury liability coverage or not enough coverage for your damages.


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