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Westbound Gandy Boulevard near bridge in St. Petersburg reopens after fatal crash

The crash involving a pedestrian happened about 6 a.m. Thursday near San Martin Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Authorities closed the westbound lanes of Gandy Boulevard near 4th Street in St. Petersburg on Thursday morning after a fatal crash.
Authorities closed the westbound lanes of Gandy Boulevard near 4th Street in St. Petersburg on Thursday morning after a fatal crash. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Apr. 15
Updated Apr. 15

ST. PETERSBURG — A pedestrian was killed Thursday morning in a crash on Gandy Boulevard near the Gandy Bridge.

The crash happened about 6 a.m. Thursday when a 54-year old St. Petersburg man tried to walk across the westbound lanes of Gandy Boulevard near San Martin Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A pickup truck heading west struck the man, who died from his injuries at the scene, troopers said.

The 54-year-old Tampa man driving the pickup was not injured.

The Highway Patrol no longer releases the names of people involved in crashes because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information long available under Florida’s public records law. The agency withholds names even when there’s no suspicion of a crime.

Troopers closed all westbound lanes of Gandy while the investigation was underway. The lanes reopened by 9:30 a.m.