St. Petersburg Police Press Release

Chief of Police
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 893-7550


For Immediate Release
Report number: Not reported
Date of original release: 11-19-23

Serious Injury Crash involving Pedestrian

Release updated on 01-18-24 at 8:19 a.m.

Update: Arrest Made in Serious Injury Crash Involving Pedestrian on November 19, 2023

Chrishawn Rodgers (12/06/1968) the driver of the PSTA Trolley was arrested and charged with Reckless Driving with Serious Bodily Injury. In addition to the criminal charge, she received the following citations:

A photo of Rodgers is attached.

The young girl, Tammy Burch (09/15/2008) is still recovering from the crash.

Chrishawn Rodgers

Chrishawn Rodgers

Release updated on 11-19-23 at 9:42 p.m.

A PSTA Trolley was eastbound on 1st Avenue South, operated by Chrishawn Rodgers, (F- DOB 12/06/1968) of Tampa.

A 15 year old girl, from Gulfport, had just exited the SunRunner bus. The girl crossed the road and was struck by the trolley. She was transported to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

The driver of the trolley was transported to St. Anthony's Hospital, with minor injuries. Two passengers on the trolley were also transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Release posted on 11-19-23 at 1:30 p.m.

Today at 11:22 a.m., officers responded to a pedestrian who was struck by the PSTA Trolley on 1st Ave S. near 7th street.

The victim, a teenage girl, was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Two people onboard the Trolley were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The crash is under investigation. 1st Avenue S. between Dr.MLK St. and 5th St. Is closed to traffic for several hours for the investigation.

No other details will be released right now. I will send additional details as they become available.

St. Petersburg Police Media Relations - (727) 893-7550
YOLANDA FERNANDEZ - Public Information Officer