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Police identify pedestrian hit by car on Fowler Avenue

TAMPA — Police identified a pedestrian injured in a Tuesday night incident near the University of South Florida as 18-year-old Xavier Tyrone Brazil.

Police said Brazil, of 1216 E Cayuga St., was taken to Tampa General Hospital with life-threatening injuries after he ran in front of a white Mercury Cougar on E Fowler Avenue and was hit.

The Cougar, driven by Mary Jo Cochran, 58, of 5710 Ridgestone Drive, was headed west in the middle lane of Fowler approaching a green light at 30th Street when Brazil crossed northbound against a red traffic signal.

Brazil hit the windshield and was thrown about 70 feet into the middle of the intersection. The road was closed for about 90 minutes.

The investigation continues, but Cochran has not been cited.

Tampa General Hospital spokesman John Dunn said Brazil was in serious condition Wednesday morning.

Police said the accident was not related to events at USF on Tuesday, including the basketball game at the Sun Dome.

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Police identify pedestrian hit by car on Fowler Avenue 03/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 4:26pm]
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