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St. Petersburg police identify man killed, dragged in crosswalk

ST. PETERSBURG — A man who died after he collapsed in a crosswalk and was run over and dragged by a vehicle was identified Thursday as Robert Linton, 62, of St. Petersburg.

Linton, who lived nearby at 2349 Central Ave., was in a crosswalk on 22nd Street N just north of Central Avenue when he collapsed about 3:55 p.m. Tuesday.

William Fegan, 62, was southbound on 22nd Street in a 1998 Chevy when he struck Linton as he lay in the crosswalk, police said. Linton was dragged for a short distance, police said.

Police said Fegan, of 222 21st Ave. S, left the scene and was found shortly afterward. He was interviewed at the police station and released pending an investigation.

Fegan said he did not see Linton and didn't realize he had struck him, police said.

Police have not been able to find Linton's relatives to notify them. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center and pronounced dead at 4:28 p.m.

"We've tried all the means that we know of to locate family," said police spokesman Mike Puetz. "Who his next of kin is we really don't know at this point."

St. Petersburg police identify man killed, dragged in crosswalk 08/11/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2011 3:04pm]
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