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Pedestrian who passed out in street trying to buy cigarettes, hit by car, expected to recover

SEMINOLE — A patient at Bay Pines VA Medical Center was struck by a vehicle Monday night after passing out along a dimly lit section of Bay Pines Boulevard, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say that 43-year-old Eric Joel left the Bay Pines campus around 9 p.m. to go get a cigarette. As he crossed Bay Pines Boulevard to get to a store, he fainted in the crosswalk near the intersection of 100th Way N.

Jeffrey Donald Banks, 20, who is training to be a paramedic, was driving east on Bay Pines Boulevard when he struck Joel with his 1995 Jeep Cherokee, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Banks stopped to help Joel until Seminole Fire Rescue paramedics arrived to treat the injured pedestrian. Banks told deputies that he saw an object in the roadway but that it "did not click" that it could be a person.

No one was cited in the accident. Joel was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with "non-life-threatening injuries," according to the Sheriff's Office. He was reported in fair condition on Tuesday.

Pedestrian who passed out in street trying to buy cigarettes, hit by car, expected to recover 06/29/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:15pm]
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