Woman Struck by SUV While Crossing U.S. 19

Bonnie Jo Blessing, 45, was seriously injured and taken to Bayfront Medical Center.

A woman was hit by an SUV and seriously injured when she tried to cross U.S. 19 on Sunday night in Clearwater, authorities said.

Bonnie Jo Blessing, 45, was attempting to cross U.S. 19 from the west to the east, about 800 feet south of Enterprise Road, at around 11:40 p.m., Clearwater public safety spokesperson Elizabeth Watts said.

Blessing, who is homeless, stepped off the median into the northbound lanes of traffic and was hit by a 2006 Suzuki. She was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with serious but non-life threatening injuries, Watts said.

No charges were immediately announced against the SUV's driver, Marjorie Blackman, 60, of Spring Hill.

Michael D. September 17, 2012 at 01:44 PM
No mention of the Jaywalking Ticket that she should get. Or we just going to tell the driver they are at fault for hitting someone illegally crossing a 6 line State Highway.
William T. Rogers September 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
What is it about U.S. 19 that seems to draw people like a magnet? I drive round trip five days a week and the things that I see. I always cringe deeply when I see someone obviously about to attempt a crossing. It's not just once a week, it's nearly everyday. Especially at the intersection of Harn and 19, where we have to make a left turn to come south. They seem to think that everyone is going to stop and yield, which should be in force, but it doesn't always work that way and one evening one of my co-workers missed a guy by inches - which sent him into a tailspin of 'cursing ranting and raving' as he stood there in the middle of the road, opening himself up to another 'close encounter' or worse!
Joe King September 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
William, I think they are getting tired of playing Frogger on their electronic devices.
William J. Kobke September 17, 2012 at 09:53 PM
William, you sound like you think that nobody should cross the street. Harn&19 is an intersection that takes a lot of caution for the pedestrian, cars making right-turns into the appartments,and making left-turns out of apts.I think you should be a bit more of a considerate driver of people legally crossing.
DeElizabethan September 23, 2012 at 07:23 PM
In these and many other places and in this day and age it's the pedestrian who need to be more careful and value their lives. Also goes for bicycles which usually have no lights at night. This woman was either intoxicated or had a death wish and the poor people who hit these types suffer from it.


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