TAMPA - A pedestrian was struck and killed on Gibsonton Drive, east of US-41, before dawn on Thursday morning. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Chad Everett Fortney of Gibsonton was crossing Gibsonton Drive around 6:18 AM and was hit by Mark Andrew Calvo of Riverview. There is no traffic light or pedestrian crosswalk in the area.
The HCSO also is investigating an overnight accident involving a bicyclist. That crash occurred around 11:15 PM Wednesday on Fletcher Avenue east of 22nd Street. The crash report says Joseph Troutwine of Tampa rode into the path of a Honda driven by Anh Thi Hgoc To, also of Tampa. Troutwine was taken to St. Joseph's with critical injuries.
These accidents come the same week that the Florida Department of Transportation unveiled a new awareness campaign that targets pedestrian and bicycle safety. The four-week pilot campaign “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow…Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident” initiative is a pilot program in Tampa Bay and Miami, and includes a TV, print, social media and education campaign.
According to FDOT, in Tampa Bay:
More information on the "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" campaign is at this link.
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Here's what else happened during the Thursday morning commute:
9:02 -- I-275 ST. PETE: Ramp from 22nd Ave N still closed.
8:43 -- I-275 ST. PETE: 22nd Ave N on-ramp to SB I-275 remains closed for an investigation by St. Petersburg Police and the FHP.
8:31 -- I-75 TAMPA: Crash reported SB near Fletcher Ave. FHP says no roadblock. Generally slow SB from Bruce B Downs & Fowler.
8:27 -- I-275 ST. PETE: Ramp from 22nd Ave N to SB I-275 remains CLOSED. Use ramp at 38th Ave N. or take US-19/34th St N SB.
8:20 -- LUTZ: Crash with injuries on Collier Pkwy & Livingston Ave.
8:13 -- ST. PETERSBURG: EMS on scene of crash at 100th Way & Bay Pines.
8:12 -- LAKELAND: Crash w/injuries on Wabash Ave & Memorial Blvd.
8:10 -- N TAMPA/USF: Accident near Bruce B Downs & Fowler. HCSO says no injuries.
8:00 -- I-275 ST. PETERSBURG UPDATE: SB delays start at 38th Ave N. Left lane still blocked @ 22nd Ave N. 22nd on-ramp also closed.
7:44 -- I-75 ALERT: Delays SB from SR-52 to the Apex due to crash. If you're near 54, take Bruce B Downs SB to I-75.
7:33 -- I-75 UPDATE: At least one lane still blocked SB past SR-56 with delays back to SR-54. Slow traffic out of Pasco.
7:29 -- I-275 ST. PETE UPDATE: More EMS on scene of crash SB between 22nd Ave N & 5th Ave N, starting to cause delays toward downtown.
7:25 -- I-275 ST. PETERSBURG: Crash SB near 5th Ave N. Partially blocking on-ramp. No delays.
7:17 -- GIBSONTON UPDATE: Pedestrian struck and killed on Gibsonton Dr. east of US-41. US-41 is OPEN. There is a local detour in place for Gibsonton Dr, or use Nundy Ave.
7:00 -- I-75 DELAYS: Crash on SR-56 ramp to SB 75 has outside lane blocked, with delays building quick. Issues south of 54.
6:59 -- GIBSONTON UPDATE: Gibsonton Dr blocked at US-41 due to fatal crash. Avoid 41 & Gibsonton if you can. Riverview Dr or Symmes are 41 alts.
6:53 -- GIBSONTON ALERT: Confirmed fatal crash on US-41 & Gibsonton Dr. Expect extended investigation. Avoid the area. I-75 is alternate to 41.
6:50 -- GIBSONTON: SERIOUS crash at US-41 and Gibsonton Dr. Avoid if you can. I-75 is alternate.
6:50 -- I-75 APEX: Crash JUST occurred on ramp from SR-56 to SB I-75. Right lane blocked. Will cause delays out of Pasco Co.
6:42 -- I-275 ST. PETE: Stalled vehicle SB between Roosevelt & Gandy. If you have car trouble on I-275, call *347 for free help from Road Rangers!
6:36 -- I-4 HILLSBOROUGH CO: Hit and run reported EB near Exit 21/Paul Buchman/SR-39. My traffic cams in the area don't indicate delays.
6:32 -- TAMPA: Capt Al seeing police/fire dept activity on MLK east of I-275 near Nebraska. Checking to see what's up.
6:16 -- I-75 HILLSBOROUGH CO drive time northbound from Gibsonton Drive to I-4 = 11 minutes.
6:13 -- VETERANS EXWY drive time southbound between the Dale Mabry on-ramp and I-275 exit ramps = 15 minutes.
5:59 -- I-4 drive time between the Polk Pkwy (western end) and I-75 = 17 minutes.
5:26 -- LARGO UPDATE: All lanes now open SB 66th St N @ 142nd Ave. Largo PD has left scene of early AM hit and run.
5:10 -- COURTNEY CAMPBELL: Outside lane closed WB at Rocky Point for road work. No delays!
5:05 -- LARGO: Police investigating a serious hit-and-run crash that occurred around 1 AM on southbound 66th St N at 142nd Ave. One person evacuated via Bayflite. 1 lane is open on southbound 66th.
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