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A 1999 Chevrolet Silveraldo 2500 pickup truck pulling a 16-foot trailer, driven by James Adam Fraser (11/06/1936), was northbound on 34th Street North in the median lane. A pedestrian, George Fletcher Ball (04/01/1954), was crossing midblock in the 1700 block of 34th Street North from west to east. Ball, who was pushing a wheelchair, stopped on the median, however, placed the wheelchair in the northbound traffic lane of 34th Street North.
The Chevrolet Silveraldo swerved to avoid the wheelchair, however struck the wheelchair with the trailer it was pulling. The trailer pushed the wheelchair into Ball.
Ball sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. He died late last night.
The driver faces no charges at this time but the investigation is still ongoing.
At 6:15pm, a northbound pickup truck struck a man who was crossing 34th st N. In a wheelchair.
The victim, a 64 year old man, was hospitalized and he remains in critical but stable condition.
The driver stopped and cooperated with the investigation.
34th Street North is closed from 17-22 Avenue north for the investigation.
I'll release more details as they become available.