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Fifth Avenue N reopens after crash that left moped driver critically hurt

St. Petersburg Police investigate the scene of a traffic accident on 5th Ave North, just east of I-275. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
St. Petersburg Police investigate the scene of a traffic accident on 5th Ave North, just east of I-275. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Published Jul. 26, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have reopened a portion of Fifth Avenue N that was closed Thursday morning as investigators worked the scene of a crash that left one motorist in critical condition.

St. Petersburg Police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said a call came in around 7:48 a.m. that a 56-year-old man driving a moped struck the back of a Toyota Prius. Fernandez said the man was transported to Bayfront Hospital with critical injuries. The 56-year-old man is still in critical condition as of noon Thursday. His name is being withheld until next of kin is notified.

The driver of the Prius was not injured, Fernandez said.

According to police, both vehicles were travelling east on Fifth Avenue N near 16th Street when the crash occurred.

"That's kind of a difficult spot because it's right where you come off the interstate," Fernandez said. "It's a little tricky because people are using it to come downtown."

Morning traffic was diverted around the area for a few hours. Motorists looking to catch northbound Interstate 275 at Fifth Avenue N were still able to use 20th Street, while those exiting I-275 at Fifth Avenue N were sent south on 20th Street or west across Fifth Avenue.

Police said investigators are still working to determine the events leading to the accident.

Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at dfigueroa@tampabay.com. Follow @danuscripts

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