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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

High-speed crash injures three

A two-vehicle crash at 9:20 a.m. last Friday in the 2800 block of Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach sent three people to area hospitals, two with serious injuries.

The Holmes Beach Police Department reported that Robert Lauer of Port Charlotte was driving his pickup truck north on Gulf Drive at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles when he struck the passenger side of an oncoming vehicle driven by Susan Schneerer of Holmes Beach.

Lauer's truck flipped in the air and landed on its roof, seriously injuring Laurer and his passenger, Travis Crawford, also of Port Charlotte.

The two men were taken by air ambulance to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with serious injuries, while Schneerer was hospitalized at Blake Medical Center.

Lt. Dale Stephenson of the HBPD said the crash is still under investigation, but charges are pending.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call Stephenson at 708-5800, ext. 238.