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St. Petersburg man dies after being struck by vehicle

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man was struck by a car and killed early Saturday morning as he walked along the median of Gandy Boulevard.

Jasmine Minnis, 25, was driving a 2010 Honda east on Gandy just before 3 a.m. As she approached the I-275 overpass, Minnis didn't see Steve Ponce, 46, walking on the roadside, according to St. Petersburg police.

The left front portion of her car struck Ponce and propelled him into the grass. Ponce, of 10073 14th St. N, died at the scene.

No criminal charges were filed.

Ponce's father, Patrick, said his son must have been walking home at the time of the incident. He didn't know why Ponce, who has a car, was on foot.

Ponce graduated from Pinellas Park High School in the 1980s. He worked in the contracts department at Raymond James.

A devoted sports fan, he was a lifelong supporter of the University of Florida Gators football team and traveled to Gainesville at least two or three times each fall for games. He also was a regular at Tampa Bay Rays games.

St. Petersburg man dies after being struck by vehicle 06/16/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 16, 2012 7:43pm]
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