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Police identify man killed after stumbling in front of pickup truck in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Deputies identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a pickup early Thursday as 44-year-old Hans Christian Gries.

Deputies said Gries, who appears to be a German citizen, stumbled in front of a pickup truck while walking curbside along 28th Street S near 54th Avenue.

He was struck by a red Ford F-150 driven by Ronald Brown, 31, who was taking his 14-year-old nephew to Lakewood High, said police spokesman Bill Proffitt. It's unclear why the man stumbled. Brown tried to steer away, but hit the man with the right front of his truck.

On Thursday morning, a lone shoe lay on the road at the scene of the accident.

Gries was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where he died. Neither Brown nor his nephew, Terrion Davis, was injured.

The crash happened near the entrance to an apartment complex parking lot. The truck had a dent in the right front bumper and the right mirror was missing.

It's unlikely charges will be filed, Proffitt said.

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