A 79-year-old woman who was being helped across the street in a downtown Dunedin crosswalk was struck and killed Saturday evening by a pickup truck, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators say 52-year-old Anna Walker-Parisi was driving a 2022 Toyota Tacoma when she hit Nazire Blloshmi and 47-year-old Stela Mema as she was turning left onto Edgewater Drive at around 6:50 p.m., according to a news release.
At the time of the crash, Blloshmi was being assisted by Mema in crossing Edgewater Drive at a designated crosswalk, according to the sheriff’s office.
A trauma alert was declared and an air transport unit was dispatched. Blloshmi was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Mema suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was also transported to a local hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.
At least 12 bicyclists, 31 motorcyclists and 35 pedestrians were killed in Pinellas County last year, according to estimates from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles published in late December.
Investigators say speed and impairment do not appear to be factors in the Dunedin crash. The investigation is ongoing.