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Largo police learn identity of woman killed by car

LARGO — Police have learned the identity of a woman who was killed Monday crossing Ulmerton Road.

Jewell Marie Smith, 67, of St. Petersburg was struck by a 2005 Honda Civic shortly after getting off a bus near El Centro Boulevard.

"We believe she was heading to Largo to visit another family member," Largo police Sgt. George Edmiston said Thursday.

Her son contacted the department Wednesday afternoon after seeing a TV news report showing her picture, Edmiston said. Police had released a photo from video taken of Smith on a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus after other means of identifying Smith proved fruitless.

Releasing the photo was a last resort, Edmiston said.

"We hate to do a death notification that way," he said.

Police had scoured local mobile home parks and restaurants, talked to bus drivers and ran her prints through an FBI database, he said.

The accident still is under investigation, but charges against the driver, Kristina Voedakos, 27, of Palm Harbor are unlikely. Smith was crossing mid block, not at a crosswalk, and other drivers said they never saw her, Edmiston said.

Smith was flown to Bayfront Hospital and died at 8:37 p.m., an hour and a half after the accident.

Times news researcher Will Gorham contributed to this report.

Largo police learn identity of woman killed by car 09/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:25pm]
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