A pair of Clearwater women were hit by a car while waiting to cross the street at the corner of US 19 and Tampa Road in Palm Harbor recently. Both pedestrians, Tomana Monic Swartz, 30, and Karen Rose Steinbrecher, 56, sustained minor injuries in the accident.
17-year old Jeffrey Albert was heading north in his 2006 Ford Fusion when the accident occurred. Upon noticing that the traffic ahead of him had slowed, Albert apparently attempted to slow down too late and ultimately veered onto the road’s shoulder to avoid colliding with a car. Unfortunately, his vehicle struck Swartz and Steinbrecher instead.
Albert was not injured in the incident and has been charged with careless driving. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, alcohol does not appear to have played a role in the accident.
The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 am on Thursday, May 31, 2012. Swartz and Steinbrecher were waiting to head westbound across the painted crosswalk US 19 in Palm Harbor when the collision occurred.