Advertisement
  1. News
  2. /
  3. Clearwater

Drivers trap man who hit school crossing guard and drove off, Clearwater police say

After striking the crossing guard, police said the man tried to escape in his Honda Accord. But other drivers blocked him in.
Gregory Olson, 68, of Clearwater, was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving bodily injuring, driving with a suspended license and failure to obey a traffic control device after hitting a school crossing guard and driving off, according to Clearwater police. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office | Clearwater Police Department]
Gregory Olson, 68, of Clearwater, was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving bodily injuring, driving with a suspended license and failure to obey a traffic control device after hitting a school crossing guard and driving off, according to Clearwater police. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office | Clearwater Police Department]
Published Jan. 9
Updated Jan. 9

CLEARWATER — A 78-year-old school crossing guard was struck Wednesday by a driver who tried to escape but was blocked in by other drivers, according to Clearwater police.

The incident took place at about 4:28 p.m. on Belcher Road S and Catalina Drive, near Oak Grove Middle School.

The crossing guard, Ernest Comeau, was helping students cross Catalina Drive when police said he was struck by a Honda Accord. But driver Gregory Olson didn’t stop and drove off, police said.

The Honda, though, was quickly pinned in by other drivers in the area of S Belcher Road and Nursery Road, police said.

Gregory Olson, 68, of Clearwater. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

Comeau suffered injuries that were not considered “life-threatening,” police said. He was taken to Morton Plant Hospital for medical treatment.

Olson, 68, of Clearwater, was arrested on a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving bodily injuring and was cited for driving with a suspended license and failure to obey a traffic control device, according to Clearwater police. He was being held in the Pinellas County jail on Thursday in lieu of $5,250 bail.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story included an image of a Ford sedan. That vehicle did not hit the crossing guard, but was struck by the Honda Accord as it tried to get away, police said.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway, left, and U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announce the creation of the regional Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    A six-county task force from Hernando to Polk to Sarasota will band together thanks to a $742,000 Justice Department grant.
  2. More than 44 percent of people who searched on ApartmentList.com for the Tampa Bay area from June to December were outside the region, according to a report from Apartment List. Percentages in the “Top Three Sources” box represent the share of searches coming from outside the metro area. (Apartment List map) [Apartment List]
    The region trails only Denver, Baltimore and San Diego for the percentage of people from outside the area searching for apartments on Apartment List.
  3. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
File photo of a Firefighter/Paramedics unit from Clearwater Fire Rescue taken on 4/18/17. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
    The election comes at a pivotal time for unions.
  4. The four candidates for Clearwater mayor in 2020. Clockwise from the top left: Frank Hibbard, Morton Myers, Bill Jonson and Elizabeth "Sea Turtle" Drayer. [[Frank Hibbard (Courtesy of Hibbard); Morton Myers [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]; Bill Jonson [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]; Elizabeth "Sea Turtle" Drayer; (Courtesy of Drayer)]
    We might learn a great deal about a key election in Tampa Bay.
  5. Muhammad Abdur-Rahim points out the location of a former African American cemetery in the old Clearwater Heights neighborhood, where he grew up. Archaeologists have begun surveying the land using ground penetrating radar. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
    Marked graves were moved in the 1950s, records show. But unmarked graves may have been left behind.
  6. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
    Eleven birds were seized from the property, all with injuries and other signs of fighting.
  7. A photo of the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Clearwater. Members of St. John M.B. Church march south on N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue moments after the conclusion of the city's 32nd Annual Leadership Breakfast Program at the North Greenwood Aquatic Center. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The annual march will not end at Coachman Park this year. Here’s the new route.
  8. Luke Carl Neimi was arrested Thursday after Pinellas deputies said he was caught doing 145 mph on the Bayside Bridge. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    He told deputies he was just “having some fun,” according to an arrest report.
  9. Delta Air Lines said Friday it will launch five new round-trip routes a day between Tampa and Miami starting May 4. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) [MARK LENNIHAN  |  AP]
    Delta says the daily nonstop Miami service will create new connections for Tampa travelers to fly to Latin America and other international destinations.
  10. This view from Google Maps shows the overgrown former clubhouse of the long-shuttered Baypointe Golf Course on Commodore Drive in Seminole. The Pinellas County Commission has voted to buy the 42-acre course and preserve it as a recreational park and a regional stormwater management area. [Google Maps]
    All 42 acres of the former Baypointe Golf Course in Seminole are slated to be turned into a recreational park and stormwater management area.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement