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Car kills man in shelter

The wreckage of a 2005 Nissan convertible straddles the curb Sunday evening after fatal crash at a bus shelter on Gulf-To-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater. The driver of the car lost control when the tires hydroplaned on the rain-soaked street.

Photo by Eamonn W. Kneeshaw

The wreckage of a 2005 Nissan convertible straddles the curb Sunday evening after fatal crash at a bus shelter on Gulf-To-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater. The driver of the car lost control when the tires hydroplaned on the rain-soaked street.

CLEARWATER — A 72-year-old man seeking refuge from the rain was killed Sunday evening after the bus shelter he was in was hit by a car that hydroplaned out of control.

Katerina Wyakimovich, 31, of Tarpon Springs was headed east on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard near Park Place Boulevard when she hit a patch of standing water and began to hydroplane, the Clearwater Police Department said.

Wyakimovich lost control of the 2005 Nissan convertible she was driving and hit a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus shelter on the south side of Gulf-to-Bay.

The accident happened at 6:30 p.m., as heavy rains were passing through the area. Police said it's possible the man, who was not identified pending notification of his family, was trying to get out of the rain when the crash occurred.

The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was hit by the car and debris from the bus shelter.

It did not appear that alcohol was a factor, police said. Wyakimovich consented to have her blood-alcohol level tested.

Two eastbound lanes of Gulf-to-Bay were closed for 2 1/2 hours while police investigated.

Rita Farlow can be reached at (727) 445-4162 or [email protected]

Car kills man in shelter 10/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 13, 2008 1:36pm]
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