Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man hit by SUV in St. Pete dies from injuries

ST. PETERSBURG — A 29-year-old man who was struck by an SUV earlier this week while crossing the street has died, police said.

James Michael Elliston of St. Petersburg was pronounced brain dead at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to St. Petersburg Police.

Elliston was hit by a 2001 Toyota SUV at about 8:45 p.m. Monday in the 6900 block of Fourth Street N.

Authorities say the Toyota, driven by Yoelmis Esteves Ortega, 31, of St. Petersburg, was northbound on Fourth Street in the center lane. Another vehicle, driven by Diana Busboon, 63, of Indian Rocks Beach, also was northbound slightly ahead of Ortega.

Both vehicles were going the speed limit, police said, when Busboon noticed Elliston running across the street and braked.

Ortega, who passed Busboon, also saw Elliston and tried to brake and swerve to the left. Ortega wasn't able to avoid Elliston, however, and hit him with the right front of his vehicle.

Elliston flew forward and onto the pavement, police said, ending up into the east curb of the road just north of the intersection at 70th Avenue N.

Police are still investigating whether alcohol was involved and if any charges will be filed.

Man hit by SUV in St. Pete dies from injuries 04/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. State shuts down Hollywood nursing home where 9 died in scorching heat

    State Roundup

    HOLLYWOOD — The Hollywood Hills nursing home that became a sweltering deathtrap for nine seniors after Hurricane Irma was shut down Wednesday.

    Dawn Schonwetter stops to look at a memorial of flowers and messages left on the sidewalk of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Nine residents of the nursing home died in the wake of Irma, including one who was added to the death toll on Tuesday. [AL DIAZ | Miami Herald]
  2. Tampa woman identified in fatal I-4 crash that sent car into canal in Plant City


    The Florida Highway Patrol has identified a Tampa woman killed in a crash on Wednesday morning in Plant City.

  3. Police identify woman they say beat and stole from a 69-year-old in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Tips from the public have led police to identify the woman they say followed and beat up a 69-year-old woman at her home as 34-year-old Leslie Broadfoot.

    Police have identified Leslie Broadfoot, 34, as the woman they say beat up a 69-year-old after saying she would help her unload hurricane supplies from her car. (St. Petersburg police)
  4. Gradebook podcast: The 'Is Hurricane Irma finally over?' edition


    Schools across Florida began preparing for Hurricane Irma long before it ever arrived, its veering path creating anxiety for just about every Floridian at one point or another. Cafeteria workers, teachers, custodians, bus drivers, administrators and others jumped into action, often putting civic duty ahead of personal …

    The Hillsborough County school district created a video celebrating its employees as heroes of Hurricane Irma.
  5. After sheltering thousands, Hernando schools are back in business


    BROOKSVILLE — As Hurricane Irma bore down on Hernando County, more than 5,000 people and 700 animals huddled together seeking shelter inside six local schools.

    Volunteers serve lunch on Sept. 10 at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, one of the Hernando schools that opened as a public shelter during Hurricane Irma.