CLEARWATER — The 37-year-old pedestrian hit by a car as he was trying to cross Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard Saturday night was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, authorities said Sunday.
Clearwater police did not release the man's name Sunday, as they are still trying to reach his next of kin. Police gave this account of what happened:
The man was trying to cross Gulf-to-Bay near S Old Coachman Road from north to south about 10:10 p.m. Saturday. He fell as he stepped off the median, was able to get up and made it to the curb lane, but then he fell again and was hit by a 2009 Honda driven by Alessandra L. Barthel, 32, of Largo.
Police said Sunday they do not believe alcohol is a factor in Barthel's role in the accident. The investigation is ongoing.