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Pedestrian dies after getting by car in St. Petersburg

An accident scene investigator collects evidence Wednesday morning on St. Petersburg’s Martin Luther King Jr. Street S near a Kia damaged in a collision with a pedestrian.

CHERIE DIEZ | Times

An accident scene investigator collects evidence Wednesday morning on St. Petersburg’s Martin Luther King Jr. Street S near a Kia damaged in a collision with a pedestrian.

ST. PETERSBURG — A female pedestrian was struck and killed by a car early Wednesday, police said.

Police were called to the crash at Martin Luther King Jr. Street S and 20th Avenue about 6:30 a.m.

Police said Flora Dean Smith, 50, was crossing MLK at 19th Avenue S diagonally from the east when she was hit by a southbound 2005 Kia sedan.

It was dark and Smith was wearing dark clothing, police said, though the street lights apparently were working.

The driver of the Kia, Stacy Danielle Wilson, 39, who was going to a nearby park for her morning walk, said she didn't see the pedestrian, police said.

Smith was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with critical injuries. She died there in the afternoon, police said.

Pedestrian dies after getting by car in St. Petersburg 03/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 6:00pm]
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