Friday, January 05, 2007

Teen hit by car in Seminole Heights

(Perhaps another reason for 2-waying Florida Ave????)

TAMPA – Tampa police are investigating after a teen was hit by a car on her way to school on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007.

The accident happened at the intersection of Florida Avenue and Osborne Avenue in Tampa. Police say a 15-year-old girl was hit while crossing the street, and she has been taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They say the girl is a sophomore at Hillsborough High School.

The driver of the car was an elderly man who police say stayed at the scene.
No other details were immediately available.


IFly said...

This is tragic, but any evening take a drive up Florida from downtown until around Home Depot, right about dusk(Nebraska might be just as bad.) There's always at leastt a handful of people crossing midblock. Up near USF on both Fletcher and Fowler, it's even worse, like a nightmarish game of Frogger. As amarathonguy mentioned in another post, even crossing in crosswalks is pretty scary, but given the number of people that cross wherever they choose, it's a wonder more people aren't hurt.

Flyer anon said...

In the late 70's someone told the punks that lived in the projects that pedestrians have the right of way at all times and cars have to yield to them wherever they cross. They started getting into the habit of waiting for a white driver to come by and then stroll out into the street at a slow walk to get the driver to have to stop.( This would be Florida ave. at the projects by the river)
One day coming home from a hard day at my after school job driving a van for a TV repair shop 3 of em' came out into the road pulling the stunt. I looked at them with tired deadpan eyes, Down shifted and floored it. They got across the street that time real quick.

ShreksWife said...

Just saw this story played on Bay News 9. The girl is in serious condition, but their account of the accident does not say anything about sight obstructions on Florida. What they DO say is that the victim attempted to cross florida (not at the intersection) got halfway across the street, saw the car coming, hesitated and then at the last minute decided to proceed across the street, and that's when she got hit. The driver is not being charged in this accident.

Not to sound unsympathetic, but I too have found myself in the driver's position several times .... no matter if you are doing the speed limit, sometimes you get these pedestrians that jump out into the street thinking they can make it before the oncoming traffic runs them over.

I hate to add insult to injury to this poor girl that was hit, but it sounds like the accident was due to the pedestrian's lack of respect for the road and cars that travel on it, rather than the other way around. I can only imagine what that driver was thinking as this girl was doing the back-and-forth right in front of him. Now he has to live with the guilt of what he did, even though he probably tried to avoid the accident.

Having worked downtown for over 13 years, and spending the day watching people disregard the crossing signs, crossing streets against the light, with no regard for the fact that cars had the green light was in a word, mortifying! And I'm talking adults, mostly white collar, educated people!! Darting in front of cars like complete idiots!!!!

Maybe in this case it might be better to have the city survey this intersection for it's need to install an official crosswalk there, if there isn't one there already. A crosswalk might help, but in the end, it's up to pedestrians and drivers alike, to be vigilant of each other.

NewHeightsMag said...

There is a proper crosswalk there -- which many kids use to get to Memorial Middle and Hillsborough High.

As someone who jogs down and across Florida Ave., I would suggest that adreneline junkies can save their cash at Busch Gardens and just join me for a run.

IFly said...

My understanding was the child was not using the crosswalk unfortunately.