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TAMPA, FL – A man’s life was claimed when he crossed the I-275 and Busch Boulevard junction around 4 p.m. Wednesday, WTSP revealed. 

It is unclear why the 40-year-old man was walking across the interstate or if the other driver will face charges. 

Our newsroom will continue to keep a vigilant eye on incoming information and will post updates should they become available. 


TAMPA, FL – A 3-year-old toddler died after being hit by a vehicle in the Town ‘n’ Country district early on Thursday. 

This collision occurred near Brennan Circle, according to a press release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies responded to reports of an accident on northbound Sheldon Road near Brennan Circle shortly before 3:30 a.m. Responders rushed the toddler to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he or she was pronounced dead. 


The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is currently working on improving 10 intersections along 4th Street in St. Petersburg in an effort to make the area more walkable for pedestrians and cyclists.

In order to stop drivers from speeding through 4th Street, crews are installing curb bulb-outs, features that narrow the roadways giving pedestrians more space to walk. An FDOT spokesperson said these curb bulb-outs will also help to stop speeding drivers as they will yield more to pedestrians, thus reducing the high number of collisions.

Untitled-design-16-200x300FDOT data shows that from 2015-2019 there were 364 traffic accidents that occurred along 4th Street, 17 of these involved pedestrians.

Also, a part of the project are new signs to make drivers more aware of bicyclists and pedestrians.

A similar project was recently completed on 3rd Street, which prompted city officials to seek the same work on 4th Street. FDOT officials aim to make downtown more walkable than it currently is.

The construction on 4th Street is anticipated to be completely by early next year.

So far in 2023 Pinellas County has seen 522 traffic crashes, resulting in 4 fatalities and 313 injuries, according to reports from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). We are just 26 days into 2023 and the county has seen 17 bicycle crashes, 13 motorcycle collisions, and 17 pedestrian accidents resulting in 3 deaths.

In 2022, Pinellas County had 15,660 traffic crashes resulting in 121 deaths and 9,212 injuries. Bicycle crashes reached 578 resulting in 13 fatalities. Motorcycle crashes reached 435 resulting in 31 deaths. Pedestrian crashes totaled 474 with 36 fatalities.

In 2021, Pinellas County had 16,464 traffic accidents resulting in 158 fatalities and 9,428 injuries. Bicycle crashes reached 546 with 16 deaths and pedestrian accidents totaled 499 with 61 deaths. Continue reading



tampa-g3c4b10e68_1920-300x240Tampa Bay traffic is a nightmare. The financial site Wallethub conducted a 2020 study ranking Tampa Bay as the 9th fastest growing metro area in the country, so it comes as no surprise that traffic is such a headache. More people = more traffic.

Last summer, the auto insurance site Quote Wizard placed Tampa at #4 on their list of the worst areas in the country for traffic crashes.

Now, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay has found the 30 worst intersections in the Tampa Bay area using data from FDOT from 2015-2019.

Below you will find some of the worst intersections in the Tampa Bay area for 2022, including Riverview, Brandon, Largo, and of course, U.S. Highway 19 – the stretch of highway that is responsible for 4,842 traffic collisions out of a total of 13,864 in Tampa Bay.

Intersections Total Crashes Total Fatalities Severe Crashes Pedestrian and Bike Injuries
1.US 19 @ TAMPA RD, PALM HARBOR 642 2 13 2
2. US 19 @ GULF TO BAY BLVD, CLEARWATER 660 0 13 8
3. US 19 @ CURLEW RD, PALM HARBOR 613 2 13 8
4. US 19 @ DREW ST, CLEARWATER 591 0 8 13
5. SR 60 @ S BELCHER RD, CLEARWATER 542 3 7 18
6. US 19 @ EAST BAY DR, LARGO 542 1 13 11
7. US 92 @ I 275, TAMPA 536 0 7 3
8. SR 589 @ SR 580, TOWN ‘N’ COUNTRY 531 1 10 3
10. SR 582 @ 30TH ST, TAMPA 501 1 4 5
11. US 301 @ GIBSONTON DR, RIVERVIEW 487 1 17 6
12. US 92 @ CHEROKEE AVE, TAMPA 469 0 7 2
13. US 301 @ PROGRESS BLVD, BRANDON 467 1 11 6
14. US 19 @ PARK BLVD N, PINELLAS PARK 463 0 6 7
15. CR 1 @ RIDGE RD, NEW PORT RICHEY 450 1 40 7
17. SR 574 @ I 275, TAMPA 427 1 9 8
18. SR 574 @ I 275, TAMPA 419 0 9 0
19. US 41 @ SR 54, LAND ‘O LAKES 414 2 21 5
20. US 19 @ MAIN ST, DUNEDIN 401 0 3 5
21. US 19 @ E TARPON AVE, TARPON SPRINGS 388 0 8 4
22. SR 686 @ 34TH ST N,CLEARWATER 386 3 15 4
23. SR 686 @ STARKEY RD, LARGO 385 0 11 17
24. US 301 @ BIG BEND RD, RIVERVIEW 375 0 19 10
25. SR 60 @ FALKENBURG RD, TAMPA 374 2 7 4
26. I 275 @ E BUSCH BLVD, TAMPA 374 0 3 0
27. SR 688 @ STARKEY RD, LARGO 370 0 10 17
28. I 75 @ BIG BEND RD, RIVERVIEW 369 1 22 0
29. CR 584 @ HANLEY RD, TOWN ‘N’ COUNTRY 368 1 5 14
30. I-275 @ 22ND AVE N, ST. PETERSBURG 368 0 12 3

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The number of people racing through the active crosswalk of 5th Avenue North at 25th Street North has more than just the neighborhood buzzing with complaints. It now has the attention of Real Time Traffic Expert Chuck Henson.

The crosswalk has been compared to playing a game of “Frogger,” where you press the ‘walk’ button and expect cars to stop for pedestrians, but they do not.

Due to the fact that St. Petersburg High School is located right at this intersection, the reason for concern is more than validated.

The St. Petersburg Police Department has reported that there have been 58 crashes between 21st Street and 34th Street just within the past five months. Three of these resulted in fatalities.

Untitled-design-2-300x300Interesting Fact: For the month of February, the intersection of 34th Street and 5th Avenue North was ranked as the second worst intersection in St. Petersburg.

With so many accidents occurring at this popular crosswalk, our Tampa Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton would like to offer up a few tips that can help keep everyone using the roadways safer. These simple steps only take five seconds, and could very well save a life.


  1. Always cross at the marked crosswalk.
  2. Look left and right and make sure the roadway is clear before walking, regardless of if there is a signal that says you are “OK” to walk.
  3. If you see a vehicle approach, make eye contact with the driver in an attempt to make sure they see you before you walk.
  4. Look before you walk past stopped vehicles, even if they have waved you to go ahead. You need to make sure ALL lanes are clear before proceeding.


  1. ALWAYS yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk and an intersection.
  2. Make sure you are prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Keep your eyes open and slow down at crosswalks.
  3. Look out for skateboarders, bikers, etc. as they can approach crosswalks much faster than those on foot.
  4. Come to a complete stop at crosswalks and intersections and make sure there are no pedestrians present before continuing on.
  5. Wait until pedestrians have crossed completely before you resume your travel.
  6. Do not pass another vehicle that is slowing down or stopping at a crosswalk.

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Two Plant City High School students were killed in a motorcycle crash Friday at the intersection of Bay to Bay Boulevard and Lois Avenue, where a traffic signal and other safety improvements are under review.

The city of Tampa staff in conjunction with Hillsborough County have been trying to secure funding for years to improve the safety at this dangerous intersection, but the money just isn’t available, according to reports.

Ove the past two months, Tampa city staff have been looking at taking temporary measures to keep pedestrians safe from the short distance near a school and park, such as a pedestrian-activated crossing (a rectangular flashing beacon) like the ones you can see Bayshore Boulevard.



A man riding a bicycle Monday morning was hit and killed by a vehicle in Largo, according to police reports. 

The vehicle vs. bike accident occurred just before 6 a.m. on Starkey Road and East Bay Drive. Police pronounced the biker dead at the scene. 

The Largo Police Departments Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the crash site and is currently conducting an investigation into the tragedy. 

Police did release that they believe the man’s bicycle had no tail light and that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The driver of the vehicle did remain at the crash site, so it will be determined once a full investigation is conducted whether or not the driver will face any charges. 

biking-1721469_1920-300x175No one ever expects to be involved in a bicycle crash or even a pedestrian accident. The aftermath of these serious accidents can affect victims and their families for a long time. If you survive a crash like these, you may find that the physical and emotional recovery process is a lengthy one and you may be unable to enjoy your life in the same ways as you did before the accident. On top of this, you might be struggling to keep up with your medical bills due to not being able to work. Our Tampa Bay Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are leaders in the field of pedestrian and bicycle law and are advocates for cyclists throughout the state of Florida.

We know that now more than ever bikes have become a very popular year-round mode of transportation for residents and visitors alike in Florida. We also know that regardless of how careful pedestrians and bicyclists are, they can easily become the victims of a crash caused by negligent motorists. That is why we remain committed to protecting the rights of bikers and pedestrians throughout the Tampa Bay area. 

We have seen all kinds of accidents in our years of work protecting the rights of injured bicyclists and pedestrians. We know how even the safest of bikers and pedestrians can have encounters with angry drivers who have struck them intentionally, opened their doors in their paths, or even passing too closely or driving too closely. Serious and fatal accidents can happen even in communities that have bike lanes that are in place to protect bikers and provide them with more visibility to drivers. 

Florida law is clear when it comes to pedestrian and bike laws: bicyclists have the same rights to use the roads as drivers of motor vehicles. The law also provides that drivers of motor vehicles are to exercise caution when sharing the roads with pedestrians and bikers to avoid hitting them. Sadly, despite laws protecting bikers and pedestrians, many unnecessary injuries and deaths occur every year because of distracted or inattentive drivers. 

Can I Be Found Responsible for My Own Bicycle Crash? 

As we mentioned before, bikers have rights when they are out on the roads in Tampa Bay and elsewhere in Florida. On that some note, cyclists also have legal responsibilities they must abide by just like drivers of motor vehicles. So to answer this question, yes, bikers can be held partially liable for causing an accident that resulted in their injuries. This is known as contributory negligence, and means that the biker in question may have contributed to their own crash in some way. While a police officer may write up an accident report naming you partially at fault, or an insurance adjuster working on your accident claim may make this determination, this does not mean that you are actually at fault. It is important to work with a injury attorney after your accident so that they can advocate on your behalf and make sure your rights and responsibilities are fully protected. 

Bicyclists and pedestrians alike are usually left to suffer serious injuries that can last extended periods of time. Medical bills can be overwhelming and they may be unable to get back to work right away. Our Tampa Bay Pedestrian and Bicyclist Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you build a strong case in order to recover the financial compensation you need and deserve following a serious bicycle or pedestrian accident. 

We fully understand that many residents of Tampa choose to cycle or walk to work or even engage in these activities daily for their health or to participate in recreation activities with their families. If you’ve been injured by a careless driver, you deserve to have experienced legal representation to uphold the laws that make our roads accessible to all. 

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people-2598015_640-200x300No matter how you get around these days, everyone, at some point in the day, is a pedestrian. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian deaths across the U.S. are on the rise. 

The numbers don’t lie. According to reports done by the NHTSA, 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2018. These numbers represent a 3.4% increase from 2017 and the highest we have seen since 1990. This same information shows that a pedestrian died every 84 minutes in 2018, which translates to 17% of all traffic deaths. 

With the novel coronavirus present this summer, it may feel like you are walking a lot more. Whether you are strolling through your neighborhood or walking to the grocery store, there are a few safety tips that our Tampa Bay Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton would like to share with you: 

  • Stay on a sidewalk or designated walking path, if one is available. If there is not one present, then remember to walk in the direction facing traffic staying as far away from cars as possible. 
  • Before you cross the street, make sure you are at a marked crosswalk or intersection where motorists will expect to see pedestrians. If there is no designated crosswalk or intersection, then wait for a gap in traffic and cross when you have enough time to make it safely to the other side of the street. Make sure you still stay alert for oncoming traffic as you cross. 
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions like headphones and cell phones as you could miss hearing any potential warnings, like a car horn, sirens, or you could fail to see a traffic signal at a crosswalk. 
  • Drunk walking is dangerous. The NHTSA reports that 33% of deadly pedestrian crashes involved a drunk pedestrian in 2018. You can get home safer by calling a friend to come and get you, or using a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft. 
  • Do not just assume motorists will see you, as they could be distracted or even under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You can help boost your visibility by wearing bright colored clothes during the day, and if you must walk at night, wear reflective clothing and use a flashlight. 

Just like pedestrians need to exercise caution when walking, so do drivers when they get behind the wheel. There are many dangers on the roadways, but keeping a watchful eye at all times can help you get to and from your destinations safely and in one piece. The following safety reminders serve to help drivers avoid a pedestrian crash: 

  • Always be on the lookout for pedestrians. You will see people walking morning, noon, and night, so always keep your eyes adjusted to walkers. 
  • You must follow the laws regarding pedestrians in Florida. You can review Florida laws on pedestrians here. 
  • Exercise added caution when you are in areas where children may be present, such as schools, neighborhoods, parks, etc. 
  • Do not pass cars that are stopped in crosswalks as they could be allowing pedestrians to pass. 
  • Be patient and slow down! Obey posted speed limits. Speed limits are lower in pedestrian-heavy areas because in the event of an accident, pedestrians have a better chance at surviving a lower speed crash. 

No one plans to be involved in a pedestrian accident, but they definitely happen, and that is why our Tampa Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are here to help you understand your rights. Whether you were injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, we can make sure all critical evidence is preserved and work to resolve your case through negotiations or trial, when necessary. 

Like we mentioned before, pedestrian accidents are unexpected, and these tragedies can be devastating. Let us help you and your family pursue full and fair compensation for all damages so that you can focus on putting the pieces of your life back together. 

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pedestrian-crossing-160672_640-150x150On Sunday, a five-year-old Florida boy was struck and killed and his mother injured by a driver who failed to stop, according to authorities.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said in a news release that deputies are searching for a light-colored sedan following Saturday night’s crash.

Officials said the mother and son were walking along a road about 9:30 p.m. when both were hit by the car that never stopped.

Deputies tried CPR on the boy before he was flown to Tampa General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The mother was also injured but is expected to survive.

The sheriff’s office released surveillance photos of a light-colored sedan described as “of interest” that was in the area at the time.

Anytime pedestrian hit and run accidents are reported in the news, it is unfortunate to hear about what has happened to the victims. Sadly, these accidents are not uncommon and there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents are still a huge problem in this day and age, as they still continue to happen on a regular basis. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This means that every year there are about 6 million car accidents, and 37,000 lives are taken.

Car accidents are especially deadly for pedestrians. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates that the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. was 6,000 in 2017, a 25-year high. This is a 27% increase from 2007 to 2016. 

Severe and fatal injuries can occur when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle. Even at low vehicle speeds, the damage done to pedestrians can be deadly. Common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents include:

There are five states that had the largest number of pedestrian fatalities in 2017, and Florida made the list. California, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas all accounted for about 43% of pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017 despite the fact that they are home to only 30% of the U.S. population. The GHSA also reports that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable in pedestrian accidents.

You may be wondering about deadly hit and run crashes. According to a study done by roadside-assistance giant AAA, there were 2,049 hit-and-run deaths that occurred in 2016. This number is the highest annual total on record, and in the decade leading up to that number, 682,000 hit-and-run crashes happened each year.

Car accidents, especially motor vehicle vs. pedestrians and hit and run collisions, can be quite traumatic and very difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in these types of auto accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, our Tampa Bay Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are here to help you protect your rights and fight for the justice that you deserve.

Pedestrian Safety Tips for All Drivers

As drivers, there are ways we can help keep the roads safe for everyone, including pedestrians. We urge you to follow these guidelines to help keep pedestrians safe while driving:

  1. Always keep an eye out for pedestrians and remain vigilant in heavy traffic areas and crosswalks.
  2. Always obey the speed limit. This is especially important when you are driving in school zones and inside neighborhoods because you will likely see an increase in pedestrians.
  3. Always drive slower in areas with poor lighting or bad road conditions. 
  4. When you are backing out of a driveway or parking lot, look for pedestrians first. 
  5. Always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.

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A 31-year-old man downed a double shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky at 11 a.m. Thursday and thirteen minutes later struck a pedestrian on Bayshore Boulevard, turning one of Tampa’s most scenic stretches into a crime scene.

The impact flung the pedestrian into Hillsborough Bay and tore off chunks of Bayshore’s balustrade, exposing bare rebar.

Witnesses later recalled how they had seen the man’s white Ford F-150 ⁠— a Pinch A Penny pool supply truck ⁠— swerving in and out of traffic on Bayshore before the crash, according to an arrest report. They estimated that he was going 60 or 70 mph in a 35-mph zone.

The driver struck the man near the intersection of Bayshore and W Julia Street at about 11:13 a.m., police said. Passersby jumped into the water to try to save the man, but he was later pronounced dead.

The deceased, a 70-year-old retired financial trust officer, had been out for a walk near his home on a breezy day.

The driver told officers he smoked marijuana at about 7 a.m., then drank the whiskey later that morning, according to his arrest report. Investigators said he had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.234, or almost three times the level at which Florida law presumes impairment, 0.08. His blood was drawn at the hospital on Thursday. He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on Friday.

A police mugshot of the driver showed his face was bloodied after the crash. He currently has a valid driver’s license, records show, but he also has a history of minor traffic infractions.

In 2007, he was cited in two different cases, once for permitting an unauthorized person to drive and later for driving a vehicle in an unsafe condition. Records show he paid both fines.

The next year, he was cited for failure to obey a traffic sign and later paid that fine.

In 2013, he was pulled over while driving a Mercury sedan near N MacDill Avenue and W North A Street. An officer cited him for driving with an expired tag and driving with a suspended license. The man later pleaded no contest to the license charge while the expired tag charge was dismissed, records show. His state driving history indicates the suspension stemmed from failing to pay a fine or fee in court.

He pleaded guilty in 2016 to a felony charge of providing false information on a pawnbroker form and was sentenced to a year of probation. 

This is not the first pedestrian killed on Bayshore Boulevard. The road is a hot spot for speeding, which has resulted in a series of tragic, deadly crashes. 

A 39-year-old mother was killed in 2004 as she prepared for a jog, struck by a Navy petty officer driving 80 mph on a motorcycle.

In May 2018, another mother, 24, was pushing her 21-month-old daughter in a stroller through a Bayshore crosswalk when a Ford Mustang hit them. Mother and daughter both died. The car was going 102 mph six seconds before impact, police said. Two teens face charges of vehicular homicide in that case, accused of racing before the crash.

After that incident, the city made several changes, including lowering the speed limit to 35 mph, narrowing lanes and installing flashing signs at crosswalks.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, the city’s former police chief, released this statement: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim in this horrific tragedy. As a city, we’re committed to Vision Zero and have made and will continue to make a number of safety upgrades to Bayshore Boulevard and many other Tampa roadways.” Vision Zero is a worldwide push to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries.

Pedestrian accidents can be incredibly complex. Injury victims or family members who have lost loved ones must deal with insurance companies and possibly even legal teams that do not want to make a large settlement payout. Our Tampa Bay Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can make sure you are treated fairly throughout the entire process. We will start by obtaining all of the evidence from the accident. This can include police reports, video surveillance, photographs from the scene, eyewitness accounts, and more. If you are injured, we will make sure you are evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can attest to the cause and severity of your injuries. From there we will work to calculate your total economic losses by obtaining your medical bills, proof of lost income, necessary home and vehicle modification bills, and more. Once this is done we will calculate your total non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and mental anguish damages. The final step will be negotiating with all parties involved in order to reach a fair settlement. If one cannot be reached we will go to trial to secure the financial compensation you truly deserve.  

Sadly, driver negligence causes a large percentage of pedestrian accidents. All motorists have a duty to exercise reasonable care when behind the wheel of a vehicle, and failure to do so is negligence. The most common ways in which negligent drivers cause collisions with pedestrians include:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to obey traffic signals and signs
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failure to signal when turning
  • Disregarding traffic or weather conditions

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