Crossing guard hit by car pronounced dead at St. Petersburg hospital

Driver charged with DUI manslaughter
Posted at 3:13 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 17:49:07-05

A crossing guard struck by a car in St. Petersburg was pronounced dead at a St. Petersburg trauma center.

The accident happened on 9th Ave. N. near 43rd St. Tuesday afternoon.

The crossing guard, 72-year-old David Roundtree, was rushed to Bayfront Health, the trauma hospital in St. Petersburg, as a trauma alert. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The incident occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when Roundtree was setting up his school zone on 9th Ave. N. in preparation for the 2:35 p.m. school dismissal at Mt. Vernon Elementary, the St. Petersburg Police Department said.

A silver Toyota Scion driven by 21-year-old Charles Hunter Walton traveling westbound on 9th Ave. North hit a pickup truck then hit the crossing guard. The Toyota also struck a school zone sign and a small tree and kept going for several blocks.

A witness saw the Toyota driving erratically for several blocks before the accident occurred, a St. Petersburg Police Department news release states.

Walton was charged with DUI manslaughter, the news release states. An unidentified 18-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the Toyota, was not charged.

Roundtree had been a crossing guard for 3 years.

Based on the skyview from Action Air 1, Walton was given a sobriety test on the scene.

No children were hurt during the accident.