Kirby Wilson, General Assignment Reporter

Kirby Wilson

General Assignment Reporter

As a general assignment reporter, I’ve been assigned, generally, to learn more about the community that raised me. Aside from four years at Duke University, where I double-majored in English and basketball yelling, I’ve lived all my life in Florida. As a reporter, I’m interested in how the decisions of people in power affect everyday Floridians, and in building community around storytelling. I joined the Times in September 2017, and I spent my first year on the politics team covering the 2018 governor’s race. When I’m not in the office, I like to travel, sing show tunes and dream about playing for the Boston Red Sox.

FHP: Pasco pedestrian dies after being struck by three cars on State Road 52

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The man was struck after he “entered the path of the approaching vehicles,” according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A Pinellas driver crashed and flipped his car Saturday. Authorities are investigating.

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The driver was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Guy King III wins Tampa Metro Civitan’s outstanding citizen award

Guy King IV, left, stands for a photo with his father Guy King III, right, after he received the 2018 Outstanding Citizen Award from the Tampa Metro Civitan Club on Thursday during the annual Governor’s Luncheon at the Florida State Fair. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
The identity of the winner is shrouded until the announcement, which put his wife in an awkward position.

Gulfport officer didn’t use lights or siren in crash with boy, 14

Vytrez Rice, 14, was hit by a Gulfport police officer while riding his minibike on Jan. 22. The officer did not have his lights or siren activated at the time of the crash, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. [SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]
The boy suffered minor injures. Now his family is crying foul over the way the officer’s actions and demeanor.

FHP: Driver in wrong-way crash that killed one in Hernando suspected of being impaired

The scene early February third after a fatal wrong way crash that killed one on State Road 589 in Hernando County. The driver of the car going the wrong way is suspected to have been impaired, Florida Highway Patrol said in a release. Credit: Steve Gaskins, Florida Highway Patrol
The Florida Highway Patrol said Jose Esteban Jimenez was driving southbound on the northbound lanes of State Road 589 in the early hours of Feb. 3.