CLEARWATER — A 15-year-old boy crossing Belleair Road early Friday morning was hit and killed by a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to troopers, a 60-year-old Tampa woman was driving a sedan west on Belleair Road, east of South Haven Drive, at 6:44 a.m. when the boy, whom the Pinellas County school district identified as Ethan Weiser of Clearwater, tried to walk north across the two-lane roadway.
The boy was struck by the car and died at the scene, a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol said. The driver stopped after the incident. She was not injured, troopers said.
Pinellas school district officials said they would place grief counselors at Largo High and provide other types of support. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and school community,” the district said in a statement.
No other information was released.
As the news of the accident spread, several area residents took to social media to lament the conditions that led to the fatality. Some observed that the stretch of Belleair Road is dark, narrow and heavily tree-lined, creating potential danger for anyone walking or riding in the area.
Others chimed in that the greater Tampa Bay area is filled with similarly unsafe roadways. They suggested local governments should improve lighting and take other safety measures on Belleair Road and others across the region.