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Three hurt when driver loses control of car in St. Pete staff

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A teenager lost control of his car and crashed while travelling at a high rate of speed early Tuesday, injuring three people in the vehicle. The driver remains hospitalized with a head injury.

About 3:30 a.m., John Charles Bauscher, 19, of 2645 11 St. N., was eastbound in a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette at a high rate of speed in the 400 block of Snell Isle Boulevard N.E., according to St. Petersburg police.

He lost control of the car at a slight bend in the road and then overcorrected, police said. The car left the road, jumped the south curb and the right side of the Corvette struck a large palm tree.

Dustin Flynn, 31, of 6041 Applecross St. N., who was lying in the hatchback area, was ejected from the car when it struck the tree, police said. Sean Pinnell, 18, of 3210 15th St. N., who was in the front passenger seat, also was injured.

No one in the car was wearing a seat belt.

All three were taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Flynn and Pinnell were later released, but Bauscher remains still in critical condition with a head injury, police said.

Police said alcohol was a factor in the crash and a criminal investigation is ongoing.

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