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1 killed, 3 injured in two accidents // Clearwater man killed in car-truck crash at busy intersection

Title: 1 killed, 3 injured in two accidents // Clearwater man killed in car-truck crash at busy intersection
Date: Saturday, 25 July 1987
Publisher: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Amelia Davis
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CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man died Friday morning after his small car slammed into the side of a flatbed truck owned by the Pinellas County Department of General Services.

The accident occurred just before 9 a.m, at one of Clearwater's busiest intersections — Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road.

Alain Priouzeau, who police said was in his mid-20s, was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and died an hour and a half later of head injuries, police said.

Police said Priouzeau lived at 210 S Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater, headquarters for the Church of Scientology.

The county truck, driven by William B. Warren, 26, of 5634 Crissman Drive in St. Petersburg, was carrying diesel fuel and motor and hydraulic oil to the Curlew Retention Pond work site on Curlew Road in Dunedin, said Kurt Miller, director of fleet management for the county.

Warren was not injured in the accident, and the cans carrying the diesel fuel remained intact.

Police spokesman Mike Bruscell said Priouzeau was driving his 1977 Honda west on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in the center lane as the light was in the process of changing or had already turned red.

Warren was driving the truck east on Gulf-to-Bay and was trying to turn left when he was struck broadside by the Honda, Bruscell said.

Phyllis Davis of Pinellas Park saw the crash from the sidewalk on the northeast corner of the intersection.

"That gray car came out of nowhere," Mrs. Davis said. "It looked like it speeded up to make the light."