According to press release issued by the Major Accident Investigations Team of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle, a 2004 Infinity FX35, was reportedly traveling westbound on 18th Avenue South towards 49th Street at approximately 3:35 am.
The driver, identified as 43-year-old Shawn Lynch, drove through a stop sign at a high rate of speed, drove across 49th Street and into a grassy area near Tangerine Avenue before striking a tree.
The vehicle was overturned on its side, and Lynch was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.
It is still under investigation whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.
Lynch was a resident of St. Petersburg and lived approximately five miles from the accident site.