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Pedestrian killed when struck by pickup on Central Avenue in St. Pete

Published Aug. 23, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG — A pedestrian was killed early Sunday morning when she was struck by a pickup truck while trying to cross Central Avenue, police said.

Jennifer Lee Miller, 46, was crossing from south to north on Central Avenue in the 2300 block with a group of pedestrians around 3 a.m. while Dennis James Jones, 62, was driving east, according to St. Petersburg police. Jones had looked away from the road for a moment and swerved left to try avoid hitting the pedestrians when he saw them, police said.

The front of Jones' pickup struck Miller, who died after being transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, police said. The investigation is ongoing, pending results from a toxicology report to determine if Jones was impaired.