CLEARWATER, Fla. - A Clearwater community continues to grieve after a beloved crossing guard and retired police officer, Doug Carey, 70, was killed in a chain reaction car accident Tuesday morning.
Four crossing guards stood at each corner of Gulf to Bay and Belcher Wednesday morning. All of them knew Carey. One of them said he actually sees at least 10 people run the red light at the intersection every day!
The man standing in Carey's spot this morning was a crossing guard supervisor. On duty until a replacement is found.
"It's a tragedy," said Deb Boyer, as she left a balloon and flowers for the man who loved donuts and loved helping the community, especially the kids he helped across the street everyday.
According to Clearwater Police, red light cameras aimed at Gulf to Bay, caught Julious Johnson, 28, run the red light and plow into the other car causing a spin out. Carey was hit at the corner and thrown at least 50 feet in the air, according to witnesses.
Before running from the scene, Johnson took his two-year-old out of her car seat and handed her off to a stranger, leaving his four-year-old in the road, who was ejected from the car.
As of Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson for All Children's Hospital said the four-year-old had been upgraded from fair to good condition. Her sister's condition was not listed.
Boyer told ABC Action News it's all tragic circumstances that could have been prevented.
"[I want] people to slow down!," said Boyer. "There's no need to be flying through these intersections."
Clearwater PD spokesman Rob Shaw said the department had already stepped up patrols in high traffic areas, but on the heels of Carey's death, their presence is felt even more.
"In light of what happened here yesterday we are at it this morning, here and elsewhere in the city," said Shaw.
People like Boyer and those who left flowers, cards, even candles where Carey died, they just hope his death wasn't in vain and that people will slow down and pay more attention.
The Clearwater Police Department has extended an offer to anyone who may wan to leave their signs of condolences at the police station headquarters to do so. Clearwater PD can be found at 645 Pierce Street.