ST.PETERSBURG, Florida — According to the TBReporter.com, a pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries when a car struck him as he attempted to cross Fourth Street South. Police also said that the pedestrian tested positive for alcohol consumption. The crash is still being investigated by police.
Officers from the St. Petersburg Police Department who responded to the emergency call in the 200 block of Fourth Street South located a pedestrian, whom they declined to identify by name, down with life-threatening injuries. The male operator of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala allegedly struck the pedestrian as the pedestrian ran out into traffic in front of the Impala. The driver of the Impala was not able to stop the car before hitting the pedestrian.
Officers say that the driver of the Impala remained at the scene of the crash. Officers tested the driver for signs of alcohol consumption and found none. The officers concluded that the driver had not been drinking. Conversely, the TBReporter.com noted that medical personnel at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg examined the blood of the catastrophically injured pedestrian and found alcohol in the man’s bloodstream. The hospital did not indicate the level of alcohol in the man’s system. Police have not charged the driver to this point.
Florida is well known for being a dangerous place for pedestrian traffic. Florida annually ranks in the top five for the most pedestrian fatalities in the country. As of March 16, 2019, Florida law enforcement officers statewide reported 1,895 pedestrian accidents and 138 fatal pedestrian crashes since the beginning of the year according to FIRES,Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System. Florida is on pace to meet or exceed 2018’s fatality count. According to FIRES, Florida law enforcement reported 9,258 pedestrian collisions and 684 fatalities in 2018.
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