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Multiple pedestrians hit by cars in separate overnight incidents in Pinellas County

SCOTT KEELER   |   Times The Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center on Ulmerton Road is home to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the Emergency Operations Center, Emergency Medical Services and the 911 dispatch center.
SCOTT KEELER | Times The Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center on Ulmerton Road is home to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the Emergency Operations Center, Emergency Medical Services and the 911 dispatch center.
Published Mar. 17, 2019

Three pedestrians were struck by cars overnight in separate Pinellas County incidents, leaving one dead, two seriously injured and charges pending in at least one of the cases.

In St. Petersburg, a 74-year-old man was in a crosswalk at 28th Street N near Central Avenue about 8:30 p.m. when he was hit by a man driving a Ford-150 pickup truck. The driver, 48-year-old Dwight Horne of St. Petersburg, did not stop at the scene of the accident, according to a release from the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Officers later tracked Horne down, and charges are pending.

The crash victim, who was not named in the St. Petersburg Police Department release, suffered "life-threatening injuries," according to authorities. He was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

The second incident happened about 1:20 a.m. near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Starkey Road in Seminole.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said that Nicholas Orio, 21, of Seminole, was driving northbound on Starkey Road in a 2018 Mazda when his vehicle struck 41-year-old David Cunningham. Cunningham, also of Seminole, did not use a crosswalk as he tried to cross Starkey, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Cunningham died at the scene.

Orio was not injured in the accident, and neither speed nor impairment were deemed to be factors in the crash, the sheriff's office said.

The night's third incident happened near downtown St. Petersburg, where hundreds of revelers came out to celebrate the early morning hours of St. Patrick's Day.

About 2:30 a.m., a 34-year-old man was hit by a Chevrolet Impala in the area of 4th Street South and 3rd Avenue, the St. Petersburg Police Department said. The victim, whom police did not name, suffered life-threatening injuries. Authorities took the man to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where blood tests showed that he had alcohol in his system.

The driver, Christopher Rhyne, 28, stopped at the scene and "is cooperating with the investigation," police said. Authorities said Rhyne showed no signs of impairment at the scene of the crash.

Contact Kirby Wilson at kwilson@tampabay.com or 727-893-8793. Follow @kirbywtweets.