Delaware Pair Walking on I-275 Struck; One Dies, One Hurt

According to a report by Tampa Bay News a 55-year-old pedestrian from Delaware died after being struck by a van on Interstate 275 north of Bearss Avenue on Thursday night, troopers said.

Another pedestrian, a 32-year-old Delaware woman, also was seriously injured during the auto accident. She was flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The pedestrians’ vehicle apparently ran out of gas, and they were trying to flag down southbound traffic for help when the man was struck by the van and thrown into the woman, troopers said. The male pedestrian had been walking along the highways southbound outside lane.

The 2001 Ford’s driver, 64-year-old Janice B. Gregory, of Tampa, was not injured. She was wearing a seat belt and had not consumed alcohol, troopers said.

This is a tragic auto accident that could have been avoided. Never try and flag down other vehicles. Raise your hood and tie something white to the radio antenna or hang it out a window. Don’t stand behind or next to your vehicle. If the car is in the roadway, stand away from the vehicle and wait for help to arrive. If your car is safely out of traffic, wait inside the vehicle with the doors locked. Use your cellular phone to call for help. If someone stops and offers to help, open the window slightly and tell them you have notified the police, or if you don’t have a phone ask them to call the police.

If you are ever a victim of an auto accident call the Injury Law Firm of Perenich, Cauldfield, Avril & Noyes for a free consultation.

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