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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.

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.
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.