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St. Petersburg police identify pedestrian seriously injured in Fourth Street crash

ST. PETERSBURG — Police said a St. Petersburg man was seriously injured Monday night when he crossed Fourth Street N and was hit by a sport utility vehicle.

The crash happened near the 6900 block of Fourth Street N at 8:42 p.m.

Yoelmis Esteves Ortega, 31, was driving a 2001 Toyota SUV north in the center lane of Fourth Street, behind and to the right of a vehicle driven by Diana Busboon, 63. Both were traveling at or near the speed limit, St. Petersburg police said.

Busboon, of 450 20th Ave., Indian Rocks Beach, noticed a man running east across Fourth Street and slammed on her brakes.

Ortega, of 200 72nd Ave. N, passed her vehicle and saw the pedestrian, James Michael Elliston, 29, in the center lane. Police said Ortega braked and swerved left to miss him, but the SUV's right front corner hit Elliston.

Elliston hit the pavement and slid toward the east curb of Fourth Street just north of the 70th Avenue intersection, police said.

He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition.

Bayfront did not have information on Elliston, of 511 99th Ave. N, Tuesday morning.

Police were continuing their investigation to determine if charges will be added or if alcohol was a factor.

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St. Petersburg police identify pedestrian seriously injured in Fourth Street crash 04/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:28am]
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