CLEARWATER — A pedestrian was killed Monday evening after he walked in front of an oncoming Clearwater Fire Department vehicle, authorities said.
The accident occurred about 6:15 p.m. at Drew Street and Orangeview Avenue, which is located between Highland Avenue and Betty Lane.
Clearwater police gave the following account: Assistant Fire Chief Marvin Pettingill, a 16-year veteran, was on his way to a house fire, driving a Chevy Suburban with emergency lights and sirens on. For unknown reasons, pedestrian Johnny Matney, 41, of 103 N Orangeview Drive walked into traffic and was hit by the SUV. Police believe alcohol was a factor on the part of the pedestrian. Matney died at the scene. Pettingil was not injured.