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Man injured on scooter in St. Petersburg hit-and-run now in fair condition

ST. PETERSBURG — A 20-year-old man who was injured in a hit-and-run crash as he rode his scooter Friday night has been upgraded to fair condition.

Bruce W. Barber Jr. was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition after the accident, which happened about 11:30 p.m. on Third Avenue S. He had a broken leg and possibly broken ribs, according to police.

A hospital spokeswoman said Sunday he remained hospitalized but was doing better.

St. Petersburg police said Barber was hit by a 1997 BMW driven by Jessica J. Eddy, 22, of 6424 Emerson Ave. S. She did not stop after the crash, police said.

Police did not say how they tracked Eddy down, but when they found her at her home a short time later, they said Barber's scooter was stuck under the front of her BMW.

Eddy was charged with driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and driving while license suspended or revoked. Sunday afternoon, she remained in the Pinellas County Jail on $23,000 bail.

Eddy was convicted on a DUI charge in California in May 2009 and arrested on another DUI charge in August in St. Petersburg, according to arrest reports.

Her license was suspended after she refused to submit to a breath test during the August arrest.

A court hearing in that case is scheduled for today.

Man injured on scooter in St. Petersburg hit-and-run now in fair condition 10/03/10 [Last modified: Sunday, October 3, 2010 8:57pm]
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