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UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed Crossing Missouri Ave. in Clearwater

Clearwater Police say the man was crossing Missouri near Turner Street when he was struck Wednesday evening.

Updated, 9:04 p.m.:

A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a vehicle as he crossed Missouri Avenue near Turner Street in Clearwater, authorities said Wednesday.

According to a preliminary investigation, the man was crossing Missouri from the east to the west side and south of the intersection at Turner Street when he was hit, public safety spokesperson Elizabeth Watts said. The man has not yet been identified.

The driver, 50-year-old Kevin Michael Zeh, of St. Petersburg, "did not see the pedestrian until just before impact," Watts said.

 

Earlier:

A Clearwater Police investigation of a "traffic homicide" has shut down all southbound lanes of Missouri Avenue at Druid Road, officials said Wednesday evening.

The call came in at 6:52 p.m., according to public safety spokesperson Elizabeth Watts. All southbound lanes were to remain closed while the investigation was conducted, Watts said.

No further information was immediately available.

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TS February 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM
I'm truly sorry this person died. I'm concerned that Fl has a severely high pedestrian vs auto accident rate. Why ? We have cross walks and crossing lights at each intersection. We have daily conversations from the news on these types of accidents, but people some people do not use the safe way to cross abroad. I often see " J " walkers. Some roadways have even put up fences on the median to prevent this activity. Why are people so lazy that they would rather take there life away by not using a crossing zone just to get across the street quicker? People use to get tickets for " J " walking. And then there are the people that use the cross walk but don't push the button and wait. they just dare someone to hit them. It happens way to much. Or how about the people riding bicycles on the road and don't stop at red lights or stop signs. You are to obey the traffic laws for motor vehicles. Maybe we should educate people when they buy a pair of shoes, give them and read them the rules for crossing streets. Maybe we should have education classes on safe bike riding on the road and sidewalk when a bike is purchased. I believe that this is happening because people mostly get away with this activity without consequence. Officers don't ticket for this activity, that I know of. Just sell the crossing signs and buttons, and put the money to a better use since they don't get used much anyway.
Jenny Clem April 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I was in a cross walk with my child and Fiance, I had the right of way and a lady decided to take a left hand turn into the three of us...... so was that us j walking? I all too often as a pedestrian see drivers turn and cross those lines before I am even out of the way much less waiting until I am out of the crosswalk.... and nothing ever happens to the drivers not obeying the laws!!!!!
Jenny Clem April 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I was in a cross walk with my child and Fiance, I had the right of way and a lady decided to take a left hand turn into the three of us...... so was that us j walking? I all too often as a pedestrian see drivers turn and cross those lines before I am even out of the way much less waiting until I am out of the crosswalk.... and nothing ever happens to the drivers not obeying the laws!!!!!
TS April 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM
No Jenny, that is not J walking. Once again it's the lack of education. It's sad you want be able to teach your children what J walking is because you don't know what it means. I'm sorry that there are some very stupid auto drivers also. Rude and in a hurry. At least you used the cross walk and was very observant. The auto's not obeying the laws and right of ways is a different issue. J walking is when you cross the street not at a cross walk area. Like in the middle of the road from a median or just cross not at a cross walk.You where not J walking, You used the cross walk. We are seeing a huge increase in people not using cross walks. They cross anywhere they want to. So now I hope you have a better understanding of what J walking is and teach your children to never do it. Stay safe.

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