Driver in Deadly Curlew Rd. Crash Arrested After Release From Hospital

Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, of Holiday was killed in the Dec. 12 crash when his pickup truck was hit by a stolen BMW driven by Jonathan Peter Bytautas, 29, of Clearwater, authorities say.

The man who authorities say was driving a stolen BMW that caused a deadly crash on Curlew Road back in December is now charged with one count of vehicular homicide.

Jonathan Peter Bytautas, 29, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 23, following his release from St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Steve Gaskins. Bytautas was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail with bond set at $250,000.

Bytautas had been hospitalized since the Dec. 12 crash, which happened around 5:30 a.m. at the intersection of McMullen Booth and Curlew roads in Palm Harbor. FHP Investigators say Bytautas was driving a 2008 BMW 550i when he ran a red light on McMullen Booth and crashed into a Chevy pickup driven by Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, of Holiday. Raymer died at the scene of the crash.

The vehicles collided with a third vehicle, a pickup truck, during the crash. The pickup was driven by 60-year-old George Neil Paajanen of Palm Harbor. He suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized.

Clearwater Police say the BMW driven by Bytautas had been stolen from a Clearwater home the night before the crash. The case is still under investigation, according to Clearwater Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.

Bytautas is a Clearwater resident.

Correction: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect date for when the BMW was reportedly stolen.


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Teri Adams January 24, 2013 at 07:39 PM
@Justice - I don't think it had anything to do with that. JMO, St. Joseph's Hospital and Bayfront are Trauma for low income.
Jackass January 24, 2013 at 07:52 PM
His facebook page I agree is disgusting....he is tattooed from neck to toe...not that a tattoo is bad...but head to toe ?...thug style...he will fit right into prison cause he looks the part...not only was he speeding in that car @100mph but ran the red light...poor guy in truck had no chance...:o( coulda been you or me...
Sunde Farquhar January 24, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Hi everyone, just updated the story with this info- Clearwater Police say the BMW driven by Bytautas had been stolen from a Clearwater home the night before the crash. We're working on getting more info from Clearwater PD.
Bob Slob January 24, 2013 at 09:28 PM
This whole thing is just a sad sad loss for the man who passed and the pain his poor family have to endour just knowing there fathers last vision were headlights coming at him at 102 mph with no way to avoid being hit. Once a convict thug, always a convict thug. Now he can hang out with a bunch of dudes all looking at him like a new fresh piece of booty for years and years to come... Robert Henry your a loser and thankfully have used the last breath of air out in the free world for the rest of your life.. TaTa loser..
Teri Adams January 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM
His name is Jonathan Peter Bytautas. Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54 was the one he killed in the crash.


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