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Community advocates push for safety changes on Bayshore Boulevard following jogger's death

Posted at 9:53 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 15:49:14-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Community members are pushing for more safety changes on Bayshore Boulevard, including barriers, reduced lanes, and the option of closing the iconic road down on weekends.

Advocates plan on attending the city council meeting on January 16 to let Tampa city leaders know what they want done.

This comes as loved ones are expected to gather Wednesday morning to say their goodbyes to a man who was killed by a drunk driver while running on Bayshore Boulevard on January 9.

The suspected drunk driver, Benjamin Ehas, was driving nearly three times the legal limit when he hit the 70-year-old retired businessman, George Gage III, with a Pinch A Penny truck.


In the meantime, city leaders tell ABC Action News they are doing everything they can to make Bayshore Boulevard safer, including adding more flashing crosswalks after Gasparilla.