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Authorities identify 80-year-old pedestrian hit and killed by truck in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — An 80-year-old man was hit by a truck and killed while crossing the street Friday at the intersection of 54th Avenue N and 81st Street.

Myles Bernard Gillis of St. Petersburg was walking south about 4:10 p.m. in a crosswalk on the north side of 54th Avenue N, officials said.

A 2008 Saturn sport utility vehicle was stopped in the outside lane at the crosswalk as the man began to walk. At the same time, a 2001 Ford F350 came up behind the Saturn, then moved into the left lane to get around the car, before slipping back into the outside lane, authorities said. When the truck came back into the outside lane, it hit the man.

The man was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he died.

The driver of the truck, Jon M. Smith, 59, of St. Petersburg, was not injured.

An investigation was ongoing.

Authorities identify 80-year-old pedestrian hit and killed by truck in St. Pete 01/11/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:58am]
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