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Traffic Fatality Update

01/08/19

A 2002 silver Mazda Minivan, driven by Thomas Alexander (DOB 05/28/1944) was traveling southbound on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street South in the median lane. A red 1999 GMC Yukon, driven by Delanard Matthews Jr. (DOB02/26/2001) was traveling northbound on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North in the center left turn lane, preparing to turn onto Melrose Avenue South.

A 2011 Scooter,ridden by a 30 y/o man was being towed behind the GMC with a towing strap. The scooter was nonoperational and had no lights on. The GMC made a left hand turn onto Melrose Avenue South safely, but the scooter was not able to clear the southbound lanes of travel in time and was struck by the Mazda.

The victim was thrown from the scooter. He was not wearing a helmet or any other protective equipment. He was transported from the scene to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg where he was pronounced dead. His name will not be released until we can contact next of kin.

Citations are pending the completion of the investigation.

-previous release-

St. Petersburg Police is investigating a crash on MLK St. S at Melrose Avenue at 10p.m.

A vehicle hit a moped and the moped driver died of his injuries.

Traffic closed in all directions for the investigation.

Report 2019-001034