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Police name teenage bicyclist injured by car in South Pasadena

SOUTH PASADENA — Police on Sunday identified the teenage girl who was injured when she was hit by a car while riding her bike Saturday evening.

The girl, Jessee Ferdinando, is 13 years old, according to St. Petersburg police, who investigated the accident that happened around 6:15 p.m. at Pasadena Avenue S and Park Circle.

According to police, Jessee was crossing Pasadena shortly before sunset when she was hit by a sedan driven by Kimberly A. Dowding, 44, of St. Petersburg.

Police said Jessee was riding her bicycle north on Park with two other juveniles when the three tried to cross Pasadena. Traffic in two lanes stopped and the two juveniles riding with Jessee were able to make it safely across the road. But Jessee was struck by Dowding, who was in the far right lane and apparently unable to see the teen in time, police said.

Jessee, who was not wearing a helmet, flew onto the hood of the car, then rolled onto the grass near the roadside, police said.

Police on Saturday said the teenager rode into the path of Dowding, who had the right of way. She was not charged and she was not injured.

Police said Jessee was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Her mother, Bobbie Hill-Ferdinando, could not be reached for comment Sunday. On a Facebook page, she said her daughter has a broken leg.

Police name teenage bicyclist injured by car in South Pasadena 02/27/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 27, 2011 10:59pm]
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