Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Man dies more than a week after St. Petersburg hit-and-run

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ST. PETERSBURG — More than a week after being struck by a pickup while on a walk with his long-time girlfriend, Roger Wurr died at Bayfront Medical Center Wednesday morning.

On Jan. 25, authorities say a drunken 21-year-old named Timothy Michael Deacon was driving a black 2006 Ford F-250 south on Coffee Pot Boulevard. As he approached a bend in the road, he lost control and overcorrected. The pickup hopped the curb, crushed a utility box and slammed into Wurr and St. Petersburg resident Gloria Mastell, 67. The force threw her into the water; she died at the scene.

Wurr, 71 and from Germany, was taken to the hospital with severe injuries but was initially expected to live. He had been dating Mastell for two decades.

The pickup, according to authorities, sped away —but not before someone wrote down the tag number. A half-dozen St. Petersburg police cruisers soon surrounded Deacon's home at 4476 Cobia Drive SE. As police examined his Ford, neighbors say, he sat on the ground. He smelled of booze, a report said, and his speech was slurred.

Deacon has been charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of a crash involving death. He also was cited for careless driving and driving with an expired license. He had never before been arrested.

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