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Pedestrian cited in St. Pete Beach crash that killed scooter driver

Published Mar. 3, 2016

ST. PETE BEACH — A pedestrian was cited for contributing to a crash that killed a scooter driver in early February, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

David Lang, 72, of St. Pete Beach had been driving a motor scooter on Gulf Boulevard on the afternoon of Feb. 2. Authorities say a pedestrian, 18-year-old Jeffrey Kurnick, walked into his path while crossing at 70th Avenue and collided with the scooter.

Lang lost control and fell off the scooter. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Initially, investigators said Lang's death was caused by a heart attack after the crash. But the medical examiner's office determined that it was blunt trauma, a result of the accident, that killed him.

Kurnick of Tampa was cited Tuesday for failing to yield to the scooter's right of way, according to the Sheriff's Office. He had not been using a crosswalk. He refused medical attention after the crash, as he suffered only minor bruising.

He has a mandatory court appearance in March.

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