Multiple pedestrians hit by cars in separate overnight incidents in Pinellas County


Saturday night was a bad time to be a pedestrian in Pinellas County.

Three separate crashes between cars and pedestrians between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. left two seriously injured, one dead and charges pending in at least one of the cases. The cases were not related.

In St. Petersburg, a 74-year-old man was trying to use a crosswalk at 28th Street North near Central Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. when he was hit by a man driving a Ford-150 pickup truck. The driver, Dwight Horne, 48, of St. Petersburg, did not stop at the scene of the accident, according to a release from the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Officers later tracked Horne down, and charges are pending.

The crash victim, who was not named in the St. Petersburg Police Department release, suffered “life-threatening injuries,” according to the release. He was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

The second serious pedestrian crash of the night in Pinellas County happened at about 1:20 a.m. near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Starkey Road in Seminole. A man died in the accident.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said that Nicholas Orio, 21, of Seminole, was headed northbound on Starkey Road in a 2018 Mazda when he hit 41-year-old David Cunningham. Cunningham, also of Seminole, did not use a crosswalk as he tried to cross Starkey, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Cunningham died at the scene.

Orio was not hurt in the accident, and neither speed nor impairment seemed to be factors in the crash, the sheriff’s office said.

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The third accident of the night happened near the area of downtown St. Petersburg where hundreds came out to celebrate the early morning hours of St. Patrick’s Day.

At around 2:30 a.m., a 34-year-old man was hit by a Chevrolet Impala in the area of 4th Street South and 3rd Avenue, the St. Petersburg Police Department said. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries. The driver stopped at the scene and “is cooperating with the investigation,” police said.

St. Petersburg Police did not name the driver or the victim in the crash.

Contact Kirby Wilson at [email protected] or 727-893-8793. Follow @kirbywtweets.



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