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Woman, 54, struck and killed while crossing Ulmerton Road

LARGO — A 54-year-old woman was struck by a van and killed as she was crossing Ulmerton Road Friday morning, according to Largo police.

Authorities said Kim Theresa Nichols, of Largo, had nearly reached the median as she crossed the roadway from north to south about 100 yards west of Ridge Road, when she was struck by a westbound Ford Econoline van at 6:25 a.m. She was not in a crosswalk, according to police.

Police said they do not anticipate any charges will be filed against the driver of the van, 61-year-old James Robert Reid, also of Largo.

"The damage on the van is not indicative of any excess speed," said Largo police Lt. Brad Seale.

Reid told investigators he never saw Nichols, who was crossing in an unlit portion of the road before dawn, Seale said.

"He was extremely upset about the incident," he said.

Police found a sales receipt on Nichols showing she had made a purchase at a gas station on the north side of Ulmerton just a few minutes before she was struck. Investigators believe she was heading back toward her apartment on the other side of Ulmerton.

Nichols was treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Woman, 54, struck and killed while crossing Ulmerton Road 09/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 1:38pm]
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