Results Pending in Drowning of Gulfport Woman

County officials continue to await test results on a man involved in an early morning accident in St. Pete Beach earlier this month that resulted in the drowning death of a Gulfport woman.

Mary Dyer, 66, of 2960 59th St. S., died when the driver of the car she was riding in drove into the Intracoastal Waterway around 3 a.m. on Thursday July 14, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver was identified as Robert A. Schermerhorn, 69, of 2910 Markridge Road, Sarasota.

“We’re still waiting for test results to come back on the driver to see if indeed he was impaired and what he may have been impaired from,” Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. Spencer Gross said Tuesday, July 20. “We hope to know in the coming weeks.”

Schermerhorn was treated and released from the hospital after the accident. He was not arrested or charged, Gross said.

According to investigators, Schermerhorn was driving his 2012 Mercedes Benz EL 350 westbound on 75th Avenue approaching the intersection of Sunset Way around 3 a.m. when he failed to make the left southbound turn onto Sunset Way. He crashed into a wooden fence and drove over the seawall into the Intracoastal Waterway known as Blind Pass.

Schermerhorn was able to escape the car and swim to safety but Dyer failed to emerge before the car sank, officials said.

The Marine Unit and the Dive Team located the vehicle in about 25 feet of water but Dyer was not in it.

About 2:22 p.m. on July 14 deputies received a report of a body floating in the Intracoastal Waterway near 10077 Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island. The body was confirmed to be Dyer.

Investigators believe impairment may have been a factor in the accident, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Local Crime Watch

A sampling of police reports from July 12 to July 19 in Gulfport, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena.

Source: Pinellas County Crime Viewer

 

Gulfport

Assault

7/16, 11 p.m. – 5400 block of 14th Ave. S.

Burglary – residence

7/14, 9 a.m. – 5100 block of 9th Ave. S.

7/18, 2:10 p.m. – 5100 block of 31st Ave. S.

Battery

7/17, 5:08 p.m. – 5500 block of Shore Blvd. S.

Burglary – vehicle

7/12, 10:50 a.m. – 5700 block of 16th Ave. S.

7/15, 2:20 a.m. – 6100 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.

7/15, 8:30 a.m. – 3200 block of 58th St. S.

Robbery – armed

7/12, 6:30 p.m. – 5200 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.

Theft – grand

7/13, 12 a.m. – 3000 block of 49th St. S.

Theft – petit

7/15, 8:30 a.m. – 3200 block of 58th St. S.

Vandalism – criminal mischief

7/13, 5:30 a.m. – 5800 block of 13th Ave. S.

 

St. Pete Beach

Battery

7/17, 4:05 a.m. – 6000 block of Gulf Blvd.

Burglary – vehicle

7/15, 11:30 p.m. – 5200 block of Gulf Blvd.

Theft – grand

7/14, 1 p.m. – 600 block of Corey Ave.

7/18, 4:12 p.m. – 5800 block of Gulf Blvd.

Theft – petit

7/14, 12 p.m. – 100 block of Corey Ave.

7/15, 12:30 p.m.  – 6700 block of Gulf Blvd.

7/15, 8:16 p.m. – 4300 block of Gulf Blvd.

7/17, 9:15 p.m. – 3800 block of Gulf Blvd.

Theft – shoplifting

7/12, 3 p.m. – 300 block of 75th Ave.

Trespass

7/13, 5:54 a.m. – 100 block of 10th Ave.

 

South Pasadena

Burglary – residence

7/14, 2:45 p.m. – 1300 block of Pasadena Ave. S.

Burglary – structure

7/14, 3 p.m. – 6700 block of 10th Ave. Terrace S.

Burglary – vehicle

7/15, 5:15 a.m. – 7500 block of Bay Island Dr. S.

7/15, 5 p.m. – 7400 block of Bay Island Dr. S.

Stolen vehicle

7/14, 8 p.m. – 7900 block of Sun Island Dr. S.

Theft – petit

7/14, 6:53 p.m. – 800 block of Oleander Way S.

7/15, 4:11 p.m. – 7300 block of Sun Island Dr. S.

Traffic accident

7/12, 1:26 p.m. – 1400 block of Pasadena Ave. S.

Trespass

7/17, 11:40 a.m. – 1000 block of Pasadena Ave. S.

Vandalism – criminal mischief

7/18, 7:15 a.m. – 7800 block of Sailboat Key Blvd.

 

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