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Pedestrian struck by two vehicles while trying to cross Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was in critical condition Thursday after being struck by two cars on Interstate 275 just south of 22nd Avenue N, authorities said.

Rebecca Joan Fortenbery, 25, of St. Petersburg, was trying to walk across the southbound lanes of the highway at about 7:15 a.m. when she was hit by a 2008 Toyota 4Runner and then a 2012 Ford F-250 truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Both vehicles had also been southbound on the interstate. Fortenbery ended up on the grass shoulder, authorities said.

Paramedics took the woman to Bayfront Medical Center, where she was in "critical, but stable" condition, said FHP spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

No one in the vehicles was injured.

It is not known why Fortenbery was trying to cross the interstate. By state law, she should not have been on the highway, Gaskins said. Troopers said the crash does not appear to be alcohol-related.

FHP is still investigating.

Pedestrian struck by two vehicles while trying to cross Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg 08/02/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 1:39pm]
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