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Clearwater man critically injured in Bradenton after walking into path of car

A 52-year-old Clearwater man was critically injured in Bradenton Monday night after he stepped in front of one car, then was hit by three other vehicles as he lay in the roadway, authorities said.

Andrew B. Harris was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton after the accident, which happened just before 10 p.m. He was reported to be in critical condition on Tuesday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Harris was trying to cross U.S. 41 in the 5200 block when he walked off the east shoulder of the road and into the path of a 2001 Honda Accord driven by 19-year-old James O'Brien.

O'Brien, of Bradenton, said Harris appeared suddenly and that he started to brake, but Harris was already "coming through the front windshield," according to an FHP report.

Harris fell off the car when O'Brien braked and landed in the northbound lanes of U.S. 41.

O'Brien pulled into a nearby driveway, got out of his car and raced back to Harris, the FHP said. O'Brien said he and a witness tried to wave off oncoming traffic, but three vehicles ran over Harris' legs, the FHP reported.

None of the drivers stopped and investigators asked anyone with information about them to call the FHP at (239) 938-1800.

O'Brien was not charged.

Clearwater man critically injured in Bradenton after walking into path of car 01/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 3:41pm]
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