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Police identify pedestrian hit by cruiser as Connecticut man

St. Petersburg police have identified Terry W. Barnes, 24, of New Haven, Conn., as the man seriously injured when he was hit by a St. Petersburg police car late Friday.

Barnes remained in "life-threatening" condition Sunday after being flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center right after the collision, police said.

Barnes was crossing 34th Street near Fourth Avenue N when he was struck just before 11 p.m. He was staying with a friend at the Mosley Motel at the intersection, police said.

Witnesses saw the man running across the street into the path of the St. Petersburg police car, which was going south on 34th in the curb lane, police said.

Officer Steven Pugh was responding to a call but not driving the car in emergency mode, police said. Pugh swerved to avoid Barnes, but the right front corner the vehicle struck Barnes.

David DeCamp can be reached at ddecamp@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4167.

Police identify pedestrian hit by cruiser as Connecticut man 06/14/09 [Last modified: Sunday, June 14, 2009 3:24pm]
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