PINELLAS PARK — A 65-year-old woman died Friday after her fiance accidentally struck her with his van.
Authorities are investigating the accident, which occurred about 4:15 p.m. Friday at the Gandy Center, as possibly being alcohol-related,
According to Pinellas Park Police, Edward Kirby, 65, of St. Petersburg, drove into the parking lot at 3491 Gandy Blvd, to pick up his fiance, who was at the complex applying for admittance to ITT Technical Institute.
As Kirby approached, he didn't hit the brakes and may have instead accelerated, police said. Kirby's Plymouth Voyager van hit his fiance, who was standing on a sidewalk outside of the main building near the disabled parking spaces.
The fiance, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Northside Hospital, where she died about an hour later.
Kirby also went to the hospital for chest pains, police said. Charges are pending, they said.
According to public records, Kirby was charged with hit and run and careless driving in 1974. He received an open container citation in 1994.