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St. Petersburg man dies after bus crash

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man whose vehicle collided with a bus days ago has died, police said.

Mike P. Gawthrop, 40, died late Friday night of complications from his injuries.

Authorities say he ran a red light and drove into the path of the No. 7 PSTA bus about 6:20 p.m. Thursday at 37th Street and Fifth Avenue N.

The bus was going north on 37th Street when it collided with Gawthrop's westbound 2006 Saturn sport utility vehicle, police and fire officials said. When it was over, the bus was stopped against the side wall of a floral shop, and the car with five passengers on board was facing south in the floral shop's parking lot, its left side ripped open.

Gawthrop and Destiny Hodges, 9, were taken to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition, fire officials said. Three other children in the car — Jezmeralda Hodges, 11, Malik Hodges, 7, and Aaliyah Hodges, 6 — were taken to All Children's Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said.

It was not clear whether they were wearing seat belts.

Three people were on the bus, including the driver, Darlene Seay, 44, said PSTA spokesman Bob Lasher. Two people on the bus was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital with minor injuries, he said.

St. Petersburg police traffic investigator Mike Jockers said Seay was stopped at a red light before going through the intersection on a green. Officials said there was no way the bus driver could have avoided the crash.

St. Petersburg man dies after bus crash 03/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 19, 2011 8:55pm]
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