Man crossing street in St. Petersburg struck, critically injured, troopers say

He was hit by an SUV while crossing 62nd Avenue North.
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Published July 22, 2020|Updated July 22, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG — A 48-year-old man was critically injured after he was hit by an SUV while trying to cross the street Tuesday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The man was crossing 62nd Avenue North walking toward 33rd Way North around 5:15 p.m. when he was hit by the car, troopers said. The driver of the SUV, a 79-year-old St. Petersburg woman, was headed west on 62nd Avenue North toward 33rd Way North when she struck the man.

Two men, ages 46 and 53, were also in the car with the woman. No one in the car was injured.

The victim failed to yield to oncoming traffic, the Highway Patrol said.

The Highway Patrol did not release the names of the man injured or the driver and her passengers because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2018. The law is meant to protect crime victims, but it deprives the public of information that had long been made available in Florida under the state’s public records law.