Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accidents


ST. PETERSBURG, FL – St. Petersburg Police released the name of a man who lost his life after he was hit by a car on Sunshine Skyway Lane South Friday

New details from police indicate that the male pedestrian, 83-year-old Danilo Aguero Tamayo, was trying to cross the 7200 block of Sunshine Skyway when he was struck by a driver operating a blue Honda CRV. 

After arriving, an ambulance took Tamayo to Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital. There, he succumbed to fatal wounds. 


ST. PETERSBURG, FL – An elderly man walking in the 7200 block of Sunshine Skyway Lane South was hit by a Honda CRV, leading to his death Friday. 

The St. Petersburg Police Department told WFLA this collision happened around 7:45 a.m. Upon arriving, an ambulance took the pedestrian to Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital. There, he succumbed to fatal wounds. 

Police said the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. They did not confirm if the motorist would be cited or charged for involvement in this collision, nor did they release the victim’s name. 


TAMPA, FL – A woman crossing the South Carter Street and West Julia Street intersection lost her life after she was struck by a vehicle Wednesday. 

This collision happened before 12:30 p.m., according to Fox 13 News

Tampa Police confirmed the pedestrian, whose name has not been released, succumbed to fatal wounds at the scene. They immediately closed West Julia Street, starting at South MacDill Avenue and ending at Bayshore Boulevard. 


PINELLAS PARK, FL – A man walking in the area of 66th Street North and 96th Avenue North was hit by a driver who left the scene, leaving him in critical condition Thursday. 

WFLA said this collision happened around 4 a.m. The man, who was not named, was also listed in stable condition, police said. 

Police have not provided an update with regard to the events leading to this crash or provided a description of the suspect or their vehicle.


SARASOTA, FL – A man attempted to cross Clark Road and, during his walk, was hit by two vehicles, leading him to succumb to fatal injuries Saturday. 

ABC Action News said this crash happened near when a sedan driver first hit him and then an SUV driver. The pedestrian, who was only identified as a 40-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the sedan driver, a 24-year-old man from Sarasota, sustained minor injuries. 

The other driver, a 34-year-old man, also from Sarasota, and his passenger, a nine-year-old child, were both unharmed. 


TAMPA, FL – A 38-year-old man driving a 2007 Dodge Charger fled the scene after he struck a moped operator, which claimed their life Friday. 

ABC Action News said this crash happened before 4 a.m. on East Hillsborough Avenue. Both the suspect, identified as Nicholas Harrison, who was later arrested, was going east, as was the moped operator when both collided with each other. 

Police said the moped got stuck inside the front of the Dodge before getting removed. Police were able to find Harrsion’s vehicle, which led them to him when Harrison turned himself in. 


TAMPA, FL – A pedestrian was declared dead at the scene upon getting struck by a driver of a vehicle in the Temple Terrace district Thursday. 

Tampa Police told WFLA they arrived at the scene after 11 p.m., indicating the collision happened at East Busch Boulevard and North 50th Street

Officers shut down eastbound Busch Boulevard, between 50th Street and Del Rey Court, for several hours before lifting the closure at 6 a.m. 


CLEARWATER, FL – A 75-year-old woman was left with critical, life-threatening injuries after she was struck by a driver of a dark-colored SUV who fled the scene Tuesday. 

WFLA said this collision happened before 8:45 p.m. in the 1800 block of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard along Rumba Island Bar & Grill. Upon arrival, an ambulance took the woman to a local hospital, where she is recovering.  

Clearwater Police started an investigation but do not have additional details at this time. They advise who has any information on this collision, or the suspect is urged to contact the department at the phone number listed in the initial source. 


To keep pedestrians safe, the Largo Police Department is increasing its patrols to reduce collisions with bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Largo Police Department are collaborating on a high-visibility initiative aimed at enhancing pedestrian and bike safety within the city. The campaign runs through May.

With that said, Largo PD will be stopping those who are not following laws, like crosswalk violations, jaywalking, failure to yield, and bike light infractions.

Officers typically use these stops as teaching opportunities, passing out safety supplies like bike lights or pamphlets with information for pedestrians. Repeat violators can receive a ticket.

The goal of this initiative is pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

So far in 2024, preliminary data from FLHSMV has shown that Pinellas County saw 174 total bicycle crashes, resulting in 1 fatality and 105 pedestrian accidents, resulting in five deaths. Data from 2023 shows 8,394 bicycle accidents, resulting in 224 fatalities. Pedestrian crashes in Pinellas County for 2023 reached 10,278, resulting in 779 fatalities.

How Can I Steer Clear of a Pedestrian Accident in Pinellas County?

Even though you cannot control what other people do, there are a few things you can do to lessen the likelihood that you will be involved in a pedestrian collision.
As a pedestrian, you can prevent being struck by a car by taking the following precautions:

  • Use the crosswalks that are designed for that purpose.
  • Keep an eye out for moving vehicles, including ones that are turning left or right.
  • Only cross at stoplight intersections when a walk signal is shown.
  • When crossing the street, be defensive and assume that the motorist does not see you.
  • Try to make eye contact with the driver so you can be sure they see you.
  • Never cross midblock, especially on busy city streets or roadways with many lanes
  • When sidewalks are available, use them.
  • Remain alert – keep your eyes on what is happening in front of you, and not on your phone.
  • Use only one earbud at a time so that you can still hear what is going on around you.
  • Do not try to beat traffic. You are cutting it too close if you feel like you must jog to get yourself to safety.
  • At night, wear bright, fluorescent apparel.
  • Keep an eye out for vehicles backing up in parking lots or entering or exiting parking garages or driveways.

What Are the Next Steps After a Pedestrian Accident in Pinellas County?

Knowing what to do after being hit by a car while on foot is critical for protecting your rights and legal options if you are seriously hurt.

  • Get police to the scene so that they can document everything and file a report.
  • Gather witness information on the spot.
  • Record and capture images of the accident scene.
  • Gather as much of your own information as you can, such as names, police records, and other documents.
  • Get medical help right away. Even if you think you are fine, have a doctor check out your injuries.
  • Speak with our Pinellas County Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton. It is best to consult with us first before you speak with an insurance provider.

For clients and families dealing with the tragedy of a major or deadly accident, our Pinellas County pedestrian accident lawyers have a demonstrated history of success in pursuing personal injury and wrongful death cases. Continue reading



In Pinellas County, more choices for bikers and pedestrians are in the works.
Several initiatives are being worked on by Forward Pinellas and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to improve safety and bicycle recreation.

Several recently constructed pedestrian bridges on US 19 are part of these changes.

One was just opened by FDOT in Clearwater on Harn Boulevard. In Palm Harbor, another one is being constructed close to Curlew Road.

Work on a new crossing across the Pinellas County side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2024. According to Forward Pinellas officials, this bridge will have bigger ramps than the previous one at Harn, making it easier for bicycles to access the neighboring trails.

In addition, a multi-use trail that allows bikers to cross the bay is part of the plans for the new Howard Frankland Bridge.

These bridges are being built by FDOT to increase safety for Pinellas County cyclists and pedestrians, who are nonetheless frequently in danger when riding on busy roadways.

How Common Are Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents in Pinellas County?

According to the FLHSMV, so far into 2024, Pinellas County has had 93 pedestrian accidents resulting in 4 deaths, and 157 bicycle crashes resulting in 1 fatality. Pinellas County had a reported 487 pedestrian crashes in 2023, resulting in 42 pedestrian deaths. The county also saw 652 bicycle crashes in 2023, resulting in 12 bicycle fatalities.

What Are The Most Common Bike Accident Injuries?

Broken arms and legs are the most common injuries sustained in bicycle accidents. If the rider is not wearing a helmet, head injuries are also prevalent and can range from minor concussions to serious trauma. Friction from the road surface often results in road rash, which is another common consequence. More serious injuries, such as internal bleeding, and spinal injuries, are frequently suffered in crashes involving cars.

After a Bicycle Accident, Should I See a Doctor Even if I Feel OK?
Yes. Bike accident victims should contact a doctor as soon as possible after a crash because some injuries may not exhibit symptoms right away and waiting too long to get treatment could be fatal.

What Should I Do After a Pedestrian Accident?

Call 911 for immediate medical assistance. Make sure you get examined by a qualified medical practitioner even if you do not feel hurt. Never jeopardize your health. Get checked out right away by a physician, EMT, or another medical specialist.

Do I Need to Notify Police?
Yes. If you have been hurt in a pedestrian or bicycle accident in Pinellas County, call the police immediately, regardless of whether you think it was a minor collision. The police will investigate the collision and write a report that could be useful to you in the future when filing a personal injury lawsuit.

After a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident, What Should I Do if the Vehicle Leaves the Scene?
Try to recall as much information as you can about the driver that caused your pedestrian accident. What color was the vehicle? What model and make is it? What was the number on the license plate? Which gender was the driver? Old or young? Every detail is important! Provide the authorities with as much information as you can regarding the driver and the car. If the driver is found, you may be able to seek compensation from their insurance company. If the driver is not located, you may be able to submit a claim with your own insurance provider.

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