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St. Pete police charge driver in crash that killed a pedestrian and bicyclist

The afternoon collision between two cars sent one off the road, where it struck the pair.
 
Owen Gardner Whittaker was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide after a severe crash that killed a bicyclist and a pedestrian
Owen Gardner Whittaker was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide after a severe crash that killed a bicyclist and a pedestrian [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Dec. 9, 2023|Updated Dec. 10, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG — A man was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide after a traffic crash Saturday afternoon that killed a pedestrian and a bicyclist in St. Petersburg.

The crash occurred at 2:21 p.m. on Fourth Street N, near the intersection of 72nd Avenue N, police said. Two cars, described as a Toyota Corolla and a Mazda sedan, collided.

Owen Gardner Whittaker, 21, was driving northbound on 4th St. N in the Corolla, according to St. Petersburg Police. A Mazda, traveling south, had entered the left turn lane for 72nd Avenue N, and was turning when police said Whittaker ran a red light.

Whittaker was hit by the Mazda and went off the road, hitting a bicyclist on the sidewalk, a 62-year-old man; and a pedestrian, a 62-year-old woman. He then hit a light pole and a crosswalk signal.

The bicyclist died at the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. Neither of their names have been released.

Police determined Whittaker was driving in a “reckless manner” according to the arrest report. Video surveillance showed he was driving at about 60 miles per hour, before running the red light.

The drivers of both cars were not injured, police said. Whittaker is awaiting trial for the two felony counts in Pinellas County Jail.