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Man in wheelchair dies in crash while crossing Hillsborough Avenue

Published Jun. 4, 2014

TAMPA — A man died after he was hit by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday night while trying to cross Hillsborough Avenue in a wheelchair, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

David Lee Pruitt, 53, was trying to cross Hillsborough Avenue east of Staley Drive just before 9 p.m. when he was hit by a 2013 Toyota RAV4, troopers said.

Pruitt was not crossing in a crosswalk or at an intersection, troopers said. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he died about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The Toyota's driver, Marie L. Hughes, 42, of Pinellas Park, was not injured.

The crash was the second fatal collision involving a wheelchair within the last month in the Tampa area. On May 14, Kimberly J. Laughlin, 42, died when she was hit by a Ford Explorer while crossing Sheldon Road at Woodlake Boulevard.