Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Witnesses describe vehicle that struck St. Petersburg woman's wheelchair

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have a description of the vehicle they believe ran down a 55-year-old woman in her motorized wheelchair in December.

Now investigators need the public's help finding that vehicle and whoever was inside when Shirley Anne Lavine was critically injured while crossing 16th Street S.

According to St. Petersburg police, two witnesses who recently came forward said the suspect vehicle was a full-sized SUV, possibly a Ford Expedition or similar type of vehicle.

It was black or dark blue. The windows were covered with dark tint, so the witnesses could not see who was inside or how many people were inside.

The witnesses told police the SUV didn't slow down before it struck the victim the night of Dec. 8 — or after the collision.

Police believe this could be a case of a distracted or impaired driver. Lavine was in the crosswalk, in a well-lit area, and even had a flashlight with her. But the victim was struck by the front end of the vehicle as she reached the middle of the two southbound lanes. That could mean the suspect vehicle was straddling the two lanes.

The victim remains in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center.

St. Petersburg police are asking anyone with information to call them at (727) 893-7780. They can also call the anonymous tips line at (727) 892-5000 or anonymously text police at (727) 420-8911.

Follow This Just In on Twitter.

Witnesses describe vehicle that struck St. Petersburg woman's wheelchair 01/04/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 4:37pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. BREAKING: Tropical Storm Harvey forms in Atlantic


    UPDATE: At 5 p.m. the National Hurricane Center said a hurricane hunter plane had determined that Tropical Storm Harvey had formed with sustained winds of 40 mph.

    Three tropical waves are expected to strengthen as they move across the Atlantic Ocean. [Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center]
  2. Editorial: Pinellas should join lawsuit challenging new state law


    The Florida Legislature has been on a cynical, constitutionally dubious quest to render local school boards powerless. The most direct assault is a new state law that strips school boards of much of their authority when it comes to the creation and funding of charter schools. It's time for the Pinellas County School …

  3. Editorial: Fix funding unfairness in Florida foster care system


    Many of the children in Florida's foster care system already have been failed by their parents. The last thing these kids need is to be failed by bureaucracy, too, and yet that's exactly what appears to be happening because of a needlessly rigid funding formula set up by the Florida Legislature. Child welfare agencies …

    The Legislature may have had good intentions when it came up with the funding plan, but it’s obvious that there is some unfairness built into it. The funding may be complicated, but the goal is simple: Making sure every child in need gets the help he or she needs.
  4. After Charlottesville, Judy Genshaft asks USF to "stand together with open minds and open hearts"


    TAMPA — In a welcome letter celebrating the start of a new academic year, University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft took a moment to reflect on last weekend's violence in Charlottesville and asked students to unite with "open minds and open hearts."

    USF president Judy Genshaft posed with graduate Matt Jackson in 2015.
  5. Police: Man arrested in Largo had thousands of child pornography files


    LARGO — A 43-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after detectives found thousands of child pornography images and videos on his laptop.

    Tyrone Jeffrey Russell, 43, was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges, according to Largo police. [Pinellas County Jail]