Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man in wheelchair dies in crash while crossing Hillsborough Avenue

TAMPA — A man died after he was hit by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday night while trying to cross Hillsborough Avenue in a wheelchair, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

David Lee Pruitt, 53, was trying to cross Hillsborough Avenue east of Staley Drive just before 9 p.m. when he was hit by a 2013 Toyota RAV4, troopers said.

Pruitt was not crossing in a crosswalk or at an intersection, troopers said. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he died about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The Toyota's driver, Marie L. Hughes, 42, of Pinellas Park, was not injured.

The crash was the second fatal collision involving a wheelchair within the last month in the Tampa area. On May 14, Kimberly J. Laughlin, 42, died when she was hit by a Ford Explorer while crossing Sheldon Road at Woodlake Boulevard.

Man in wheelchair dies in crash while crossing Hillsborough Avenue 06/04/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: Arcade Fire open hearts, play with passion at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa


    Gloves off, hearts open and disco balls glittering, Arcade Fire scaled the stage for the first time ever in Tampa, pouncing and flailing and performing with all the passion that’s made them one of the world’s most celebrated rock bands this century.

    Arcade Fire performed at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2017.
  2. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    Victor Hedman, far left, is especially happy to see Steven Stamkos back after Stamkos assists on his goal 33 seconds into the game vs. the Predators.
  3. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.
  4. Steven Souza Jr. vindicating big trade for Rays

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — There was a time when the three-team, 11-player transaction the Rays orchestrated to get Steven Souza Jr. from the Nationals looked liked a bad deal.

    The Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. has 30 home runs this season while improving his defense and baserunning but wants to improve on his .236 batting average.
  5. Fennelly: Lightning's Manon Rheaume made history 25 years ago Saturday

    Lightning Strikes

    The name is part of Lightning history, hockey history, sports history.

    Lightning goalie Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game 25 years ago today.