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Pedestrian hit, injured on Gulf-to-Bay

A man trying to cross Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard was hit by a car Thursday, resulting in a massive traffic jam that lasted for more than an hour. Corey Kreuter, 45, who police said may live in a nearby mobile home park, was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center. His condition was unavailable because he was in surgery, but police said his injuries were not considered life-threatening. Police spokesman Wayne Shelor said the accident happened at noon in the 2300 block of Gulf-to-Bay. Kreuter was standing in the median of Gulf-to-Bay, waiting to walk south across the eastbound lanes. Shelor said he stepped into traffic. He was hit by a 1992 Nissan driven by William Fitzsimmons, 30, of St. Petersburg. The investigation is continuing. "According to the driver and witnesses, he walked into the driver's side of the car," Shelor said. "He wasn't hit by the front of the car." All lanes of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard were closed from Old Coachman Road to Belcher Road. Traffic was detoured to side roads. The westbound lanes reopened about 1 p.m., but eastbound lanes remained blocked for another hour. "Traffic was already heavy at the time of the accident," Shelor said. "It just magnified a bad situation."

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