SUV crashes into rocks, water after veering off Courtney Campbell Causeway

Pinellas County

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – An SUV veered off the Courtney Campbell Causeway and nearly took a nosedive into the waters of Old Tampa Bay, Clearwater police said.

The incident, which happened Thursday just before 11 a.m., left the Chevy Tahoe on top of some rocks off the eastbound lanes of the bridge and partially in the water.

The driver, Anthony Davis, was heading to a meeting in Riverview and was crossing the Courtney Campbell when all of a sudden, he said something didn’t feel right with his SUV.

“I felt a little bit of a jerk, didn’t think much of it and then not too long after I hit a bump while I was trying to adjust right a little bit and the whole car, right,” said Davis, as he motioned to the right with his entire body.

His car suddenly moved to the right over a concrete stanchion, across the bike path and onto the concrete rocks that line the causeway. The vehicle stopped inches away from the water.

“It wasn’t a matter of me noticing that cement thing I plowed through or the rocks or anything. It was just that and now I’m looking into water,” he said.

Luckily, Davis was unharmed and traffic was not affected, “other than some visual slowdowns in the area,” police said.

Davis was cited for careless driving, according to Clearwater police.

However, Davis said his problem wasn’t over. Somehow during the crash, his electrical system also failed.

He could not unlock the doors or put down the windows, he was trapped. Had his SUV ended up in the water, the consequences could have been deadly.

Davis moved to the rear of the vehicle and kicked out the back glass. He’s now thankful no one was on the bike path when he lost control.

“Thank God none of them were rolling by as this 6,400-pound vehicle is flying across the walkway,” Davis said.

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