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Paramedic killed in Clearwater accident

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The Clearwater Police Department says a Sunstar paramedic was killed in a motorcycle crash in the intersection of Keene Road and Gulf-to-Bay Blvd in Clearwater on Monday afternoon at about 4:30p.m.

Police say 33-year-old Chris Jennings died at Morton Plant Hospital from his injuries shortly after the crash that occurred.

Officers say Jennings was riding his 2008 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Keene Road when witnesses say he sped past traffic that was slowing for a red light and crashed into a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban that was in the southbound lane waiting to turn left. The Suburban was driven by 37-year-old Inez Ledford of Pinellas Park.

Police say the road was closed for about four hours after the crash.

Jennings was a first responder in one of the Bay Area's most high profile accidents earlier this year. On April 11th he responded to the home of Ireland Nugent who had just been accidentally run over by a lawn mower driven by her father.

At an event where Nugent reunited with first responders on May 22nd Jennings said, "I can personally remember hearing the father screaming in the background which made tears well up in my eyes cause I can only imagine how he felt." Jennings also said he had to lean on his coworkers in the days after the accident to cope with what he witnessed.

Rob Smith, the director of communications for Sunstar said Jennings had been with Sunstar for four years. He worked as an assistant supervisor paramedic and also was a SWAT paramedic in support of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

"He was an outstanding employee," said Smith, "He loved being a part of EMS."

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