PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – A man pleaded guilty last week in connection with a fatal crash in Pinellas County on Sept. 3, 2021, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
44-year-old Vaughn W. Mongan was arrested one month after the accident, which happened as he was driving a friend’s Tesla at about 10:15 p.m. Authorities said he accelerated on Manning Road, went through a stop sign, and drove off an embankment before crashing through a fence and plowing into a home on Caird Way in Palm Harbor.
One of the passengers, the owner of the Tesla, was killed in the crash while the three other passengers were seriously injured. A 69-year-old woman in the home and her dog also were killed. An investigation indicated that Mongan was driving at over 100 miles per hour prior to the wreck in a 30 mile per hour zone. Prosecutors said he was not intoxicated at the time.