According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, a pedestrian was struck and killed Tuesday around 2:30 p.m. on 9th Ave. N.
The driver who hit him was charged with DUI manslaughter.
Officials believe the pedestrian, a 72-year-old school crossing guard, was setting up his school zone cones when he was hit by a vehicle.
A witness said a silver Toyota Scion was driving erratically and hit a pickup truck before hitting the man.
The driver also hit a school zone sign and a small tree and kept going several blocks, police said.
The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. He had been a crossing guard for three years. No one else was injured in the accident.
The driver of the Toyota, a 21-year-old man, was charged with DUI manslaughter.
DUI accidents are 100% preventable. Driving while intoxicated hinders a driver’s ability to safely execute the many tasks that can arise on the road. Regardless, many motorists still choose to carelessly get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
A whopping 39% of traffic deaths each year are alcohol related. On that same notes, more than half a million people are injured every year as a result of drunk driving accidents. These numbers include auto accidents and pedestrian accidents.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or wrongful death because of a drunk driving accident, our Tampa Bay Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton will fight for your rights and aggressively pursue the damages you deserve. Drinking and driving is no accident, let us help you understand what steps to take next.