A Clearwater man was in critical condition after he was hit on W Hillsborough Avenue by a car Tuesday night when the driver braked to avoid hitting another person crossing the road first, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Neil Joseph Vander-Meulen, 40, was standing in the center median on W Hillsborough Avenue near Town 'N Country Boulevard. He was trying to cross the road when he was struck by a car driven by Warren Winter, 74, of Hampton, N.J., just before 9:30 p.m., FHP said.
Winter was traveling westbound in the center lane on W Hillsborough Avenue just past Town 'N Country Boulevard. Winter saw someone in dark clothing run in front of his car and braked to avoid hitting the person, but then struck Vander-Meulen, who also was crossing the road, FHP said.
Authorities identified the man who crossed before Vander-Meulen as Philip Colin Trombley of Tampa. Vander-Meulen was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, FHP said.