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Hit-and-run driver injures 55-year-old woman in wheelchair in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are searching for a driver who hit a woman in a wheelchair on 16th Street S Tuesday night and left the scene.

The accident took place about 10 p.m. near 13th Avenue S, authorities said. Police said a southbound car hit 55-year-old Shirley Anne Lavine as she crossed the road in a marked crosswalk in an electric wheelchair. The car, traveling at a high rate of speed, fled west on 14th Avenue S, police said.

Police said Lavine's wheelchair was pushed about 170 feet down the road.

The car was described as a mid-sized, possibly foreign-made and light-colored. It may have a front license plate that says Loyola University.

Police said the car was probably damaged on the right and right front.

Lavine was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries.

Police ask that anyone with information call detectives at 727-893-7780.

Hit-and-run driver injures 55-year-old woman in wheelchair in St. Petersburg 12/08/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 9:52am]
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