The Ocala News reported on a tragic accident in which an elderly Pennsylvania couple was killed in Marion County in a car wreck with a teen of St. Petersburg Beach, early on Saturday morning.
The incident occurred around 1:10 a.m., according to spokespeople from the Florida Highway Patrol, when a 66-year-old man from King of Prussia, PA was driving with a King Of Prussia woman, 67 years of age, in the passenger seat. They were in a sport utility vehicle westbound on State Road 326 when they attempted to make a left turn onto southbound NW 77th Street. At the same time, a St. Pete Beach driver, eighteen years of age, was driving eastbound on State Road 26. The sport utility vehicle failed to yield the right of way to the teen driver and they impacted in the intersection, according to the accident report filed by responding Florida Highway Patrol troopers.
Both members of the Pennsylvania couple were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while the teen was able to walk away with only minor, incidental injuries. It was reported that the two elderly people that were killed were not wearing their seat belts in accordance with safety guidelines and Florida law; while the report did not note if this contributed to their deaths, it seems likely given the safety benefits seat belts confer.