PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — The driver of an SUV was under the influence of drugs when he caused a crash that killed two people on a tandem bike in Pinellas County, authorities said.
The incident occurred at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday on Keystone Road near Meadows Drive.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Cory Robert Corrado, of New Port Richey, was heading west on Keystone Road and was trying to pass other vehicles in a no passing zone. An SUV that was traveling in the opposite direction, toward Corrado, swerved off the road to avoid him, but Corrado ended up rear-ending the SUV, which overturned and went into a bike trail nearby, striking two people on a tandem bicycle.
The FHP says a drug recognition expert observed Corrado to have signs of impairment including dilated pupils, bloodshot eyes, stuttering speech, body tremors, altered time perception, and mood swings. The FHP says the results of blood test are pending.
On Wednesday, Corrado had his first appearance in a Pinellas courtroom. He’s facing charges of DUI manslaughter, but it’s not the first time he’s been in court. An assistant state attorney says Corrado was just released from prison in December.
The two bicyclists have been identified as 58-year-old Peter Yore and a 50-year-old Janine Dorsey from Odessa, both died at the scene.
Friends and relatives have identified the victims of the crash as Janine Dorsey and Peter Yore. Dorsey was an employee of the Tampa Tribune and TBO.com.
She had more recently taken a job as the executive director of the Tiger Bay Club.
“Janine was very sweet, very kind, very professional,” said Tiger Bay Club President Tom Scherberger.
He says she and Peter had recently found happiness with each other. Friends say they loved to Kayak and be outdoors and they were happy about their recent purchase of the tandem bike.
“Having ridden on tandem bikes, tandem bikes will test any relationship but I think the fact they were able to ride a tandem bike, enjoy it and do it so frequently says a lot about their relationship,” said Scherberger.
He says he was shocked and upset when he heard the news.
“I was having a hard time keeping it together, but my grief quickly turned to anger when I found out the circumstances, that this guy was out on the streets, drugged up, not caring about anyone else but himself and now two valuable lives are lost,” said Scherberger.
Troopers said Corrado was arrested on two counts of DUI manslaughter (drugs) and vehicular homicide. He is being held at a Pinellas County jail.