Man killed in Dunedin crash identified as Martin Avolt

5:04 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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Dunedin, Florida -- A man, who died after police say he apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed on Curlew Road Thursday morning, has been identified as 70-year-old Martin Avolt.

Avolt was riding with his 13-year-old grandson at the time. Pinellas County deputies say Avolt was heading west on Curlew Road when he ended up in the right-turn only lane at Challenger Drive, which turns into the Waterford Subdivision Crossing, when his grandson pointed out he was in the wrong lane.

Avolt then made an abrupt lane change to the left, hit the quick curb traffic barriers and continued crossing to the left across the center divide and into the eastbound lanes of Curlew. Deputies say he then left the roadway, hit two chain link fences and went down a ravine with his 2002 Dodge Caravan coming to a rest against a tree.

Avolt, of Lafayette, Indiana, was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Deputies say a medical condition may have been a contributing factor in losing control of his van. His grandson was not injured and was able to flag down deputies for help.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time.

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