Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

22-year-old pedestrian killed by truck on U.S. 19

PALM HARBOR — A 22-year-old Palm Harbor man died Tuesday after he was struck by a box truck while crossing U.S. 19.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say the accident happened about 1:20 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Pine Ridge Way S in Palm Harbor, just north of Nebraska Avenue.

Patrick John Vawter-Beaird, trying to cross the highway from east to west, stepped from the center median and was hit by a southbound 2000 Isuzu truck that was traveling in the inside lane. He was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just after 2 p.m., said FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

Neither the driver, 28-year-old Mirsad Rahimic, nor his passenger, 26-year-old Sakib Rahimic, were injured. Both men are from St. Petersburg.

Troopers said they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, which remained under investigation Tuesday evening.

Keyonna Summers can be reached at or (727) 445-4153.

22-year-old pedestrian killed by truck on U.S. 19 04/24/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 8:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Mulberry teens, 15 and 18, killed when cars collide at Plant City intersection


    MULBERRY — The local high school has an enrollment of 1,000 but to some it feels like a tight-knit family. Many of Mulberry High School's students have spent all of their school days within the city limits, said principal Michael Young.

    Pepe Salgado, 18, was killed Friday along with his sister Frinzi Salgado-Diaz, 15, in a car crash in Plant City. They were passengers in a car driven by their cousin Edilberto Nava-Marcos, 18, who was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center and was listed in critical condition. All three lived in Mulberry and attended Mulberry High School. [Polk County School District]
  2. Assisted living facility owner accused of sexually assaulting employee in Pinellas


    ST. PETERSBURG — An assisted living facility owner was arrested Thursday on charges that he sexually assaulted an employee, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

  3. Find serenity at Grand Cayman Island's Cemetery Beach



    Hey, cruisers, if you've been to Hell and back, snuggled with the stingrays and taken photos with the turtles at the Cayman Turtle Centre, you might be looking for something different on your next trip. (Guilty!)

    Good snorkeling can be found off shore at Cemetery Beach in Grand Cayman.
  4. Editorial: Honoring a solemn sacrifice


    For a nation still slogging away in Afghanistan, Iraq and other war zones across the globe, this Memorial Day holiday marks the latest commemoration of sacrifice abroad, of uncertainty over America's role in securing the globe and of the country's great debt to its military families. The peace of yesterday is almost …

  5. Four Brandon middle school students face child porn charges related to sex video


    BRANDON — Four Burns Middle School students, ages 12 to 14, have been arrested on child pornography charges after one secretly recorded a girl in a sex act and the others posted it online, authorities said Friday.