BRANDON — Three pedestrians were hit by cars in two separate crashes not far from the lights and music of Nativity Catholic Church's 40th annual Novemberfest carnival fundraiser on Saturday night.
One man was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Two other people were later taken to the hospital but their conditions were unknown.
According to a release from the church, nearly 100,000 people attend the four-day education fundraiser event every year. It includes games, carnival rides, food and music.
Brandon Boulevard and Bryan Road teemed with individuals and families walking to the event.
Around 6 p.m., Mary Kay Chislom, 63, of Sun City Center was driving east in the center lane of Brandon Boulevard when a man tried to cross the road just east of Bryan Road, the Highway Patrol reported.
The front right part of Chislom's 2005 Kia van hit the man, who was dressed in dark clothing.
Paramedics took him to Tampa General Hospital, where he was in critical condition.
Troopers closed the right eastbound lanes of Brandon Boulevard for two hours to investigate.
The man has not yet been identified by the patrol.
Almost two hours later at 7:47 p.m., all traffic was stopped at Brandon Boulevard and Bryan Road when two people were crossing southbound, said Sgt. Larry Kraus, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.
They were struck by a driver in the right-hand turn lane at Bryan Road.