Inmate injured in prisoner van crash

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- An inmate suffered non life-threatening injuries in a rear-end crash involving a transport van and a pickup truck on Monday.

Around 9:30 p.m., the van, operated by G4S Security Officer Eric Lawson,42, was stopped at the traffic signal at the intersection of 49th Street North and 62nd Avenue in Pinellas County.

A 2004 Toyota Tundra, driven by Windell Green, 40, of St. Petersburg was headed on 49th Street North and stopped behind the van. When the light turned green, Green accelerated and struck the back of the prisoner transport.

The inmate, Luis Santiago, 39, was handcuffed in the rear of the van at the time of the crash. He was previously arrested earlier Monday at his St. Petersburg residence for domestic battery and violation of his probation.

Santiago received non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment. The extent of his injuries was not released.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, impairment was not a factor in the crash. The Major Accident Investigation Team is still investigating the incident.


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