St. Pete Police investigate fatal pedestrian crash, witnesses say pedestrian appeared impaired

Posted at 9:37 PM, Dec 07, 2016

St. Petersburg police department is investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred late Wednesday night on 16th Street South. 

The crash involved a 2015 Chevrolet Impala traveling southbound on 16th St. near 14th Ave. South.

Police say a 57-year-old black female was crossing 16th Street South from east to west, failing to yield to oncoming traffic and walked into the Chevy's path of travel. The right front of the Chevrolet struck the woman. She was thrown onto the hood and then into the roadway.

According to officials, the driver attempted to swerve to avoid the pedestrian, but was unable to do so. The driver stopped after hitting the middle-aged woman and is cooperating with police.

The pedestrian was transported to Bayfront Health in St. Pete where she was pronounced dead. 

Police say impairment is not a factor for the driver of the Impala. Witnesses did tell police that the pedestrian appeared impaired, but a toxicology report will be done to confirm those reports. 

The identity of the driver has not been identified, pending the notification of her next of kin. 

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