St. Petersburg pedestrian accident leaves 1 dead

Dangerous crossings and inattentive drivers don’t mix well, and in some cases, can even result in a fatality. According to reports, a 57-year-old man died after an April 26 auto-pedestrian accident in St. Petersburg. The man was apparently attempting to cross Gandy Boulevard near The Getaway and I.C. Sharks around 10:32 p.m.

He was struck by a car moving east on Gandy Boulevard. Rescue workers arrived on the scene and attempted to revive the 57-year-old, according to a witness. The man was seriously hurt, however, and died as a result of his injuries. Locals say that the auto-pedestrian accident occurred in a particularly dangerous spot where there is no crosswalk or traffic light to provide a safe way for pedestrians to cross the street.

Given that people are often crossing Gandy Boulevard between The Getaway and I.C. Sharks, the owners of the two establishments told reporters they hoped the city of St. Petersburg would put something there to alert drivers to pedestrians crossing. The city of St. Petersburg claimed that it was aware of the situation but did not have an estimated timeline for when or if a traffic light or crosswalk would be implemented.

The fact that there was no crosswalk or traffic light does not, however, automatically release a driver in an auto-pedestrian accident from liability. Drivers are responsible for taking the normal precautions to avoid hitting a pedestrian walking next to the road or crossing the street. In cases where a driver is found liable in a pedestrian accident, the victim or the victim’s surviving family members may be able to file a civil suit against the at-fault driver.

Source: WTSP, “Community wants safer roads after latest Gandy accident” Sarah Hagen, Apr. 28, 2014

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