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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]
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