Motorcyclist Ejected During Crash on State Road 580

Clearwater man was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with life threatening injuries Monday.

A Clearwater man was ejected from his motorcycle during a collision on State Road 580 on Monday morning.

Chad M. Kunnen, 26, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

He was not wearing a helmet, Sheriff’s deputies report.

Investigators report that Kunnen was traveling north on Virginia Avenue on his 2003 Yamaha YZF-R6. He attempted to turn right from Virginia Avenue, to head east on SR 580, when he struck a 1996 Lincoln Town Car near McDonalds around 11:20 a.m.

Palm Harbor resident Alvin C. Brady, 84, the driver of the Town Car, had been traveling west on SR 580. He was attempting to turn left to head south on Virginia Avenue at the time of the crash. Deputies report that the Brady’s Town Car turned in front of Kunnen.

Brady and his wife, Arleen Brady, 83, also of Palm Harbor, were taken to Mease Countryside Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, deputies report.

Traffic closed to all but one lane on SR 580 and all of Virginia Avenue at the intersection for about three hours.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team is continuing to investigate.

Dennis Shaw August 15, 2011 at 11:34 PM
This is the most dangerous intersection in Dunedin. Please Fix it before others are seriously injured or loose their lives.
Mathew J. Eberius August 16, 2011 at 03:18 AM
Dennis, you're absolutely right. There have been numerous accidents at this intersection. DOT did some work and added a turn lane to both N/S lanes, but failed to put turn signals. They made it even more dangerous because now there is a turn lane that's hidden by the cars going straight on Virginia/Sunlight. I wish the state would do something about this intersection!
KARL CHEBATOR August 16, 2011 at 03:35 PM
I ride a motorcycle and have taken that turn many times. First of all it isn't the bikers fault because he wasn't wearing a helmet. I noticed they didn't mention if the 83 year old man was or wasn't wearing a seatbelt which is required by Florida law. It sounds like it was a combination of dangerous intersection and the age of the car driver. I have been in near collisions with elderly drivers so many times. No doubt many shouldn't be on the road.(I am 61) Last year an elderly lady bumped me on my Harley at a stop sign in front of the Tarpon Springs Police Station and ended up driving off. She should have been required to take a drivers test after that incident.


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