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Motor scooter driver critically injured in St. Petersburg crash

ST. PETERSBURG — The driver of a scooter was hospitalized Sunday night after being struck by an impaired driver, police said.

The TaoTao motor scooter was heading north on 31st Street S about 9 p.m. when a Lexus heading south tried to make a left turn onto First Avenue S and hit the scooter, police said.

The driver was thrown from the scooter and landed on the Lexus' windshield before falling to the ground, police said. The victim was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with critical injuries.

The victim's name has not been released pending notification of family.

Thomas Michael Groesbeck, the driver of the Lexus, said he didn't see the scooter when he turned. He was not harmed, but "exhibited signs of impairment," police said.

Groesbeck, 28, was evaluated and arrested. He faces a charge of DUI involving serious bodily injury and a civil citation for turning left in front of an oncoming vehicle.

Groesbeck was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Monday morning in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Motor scooter driver critically injured in St. Petersburg crash 07/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 2, 2012 8:49am]
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