A 67-year-old St. Petersburg woman who was taking a walk along Coffee Pot Boulevard died Friday evening, after she was struck by a pickup truck and thrown into the water. A second pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries.
Gloria Mastell of 14th St. North was walking with Roger Wurr of Germany in the 1900 block of Coffee Pot Boulevard at 6:28 p.m., when the accident occurred.
According to St. Petersburg Police, the driver of the vehicle, Timothy Michael Deacon, was later arrested at his home, after he drove away from the scene of the accident.
Deacon is charged with DUI Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury and Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Death.
According to police:
The 2006 Ford F250 was traveling south on Coffee Pot Bouelvard, as Mastell and Wurr, 71, were walking along the sidewalk next to the waterfront.
Deacon lost control of his vehicle on a turn oand over-corrected, according to police. The vehicle traveled over the east curb and up on to the sidewalk.
The front of Deacon's vehicle struck the pedestrians, knocking Mastell over the seawall and into the water.
Deacon then fled the scene, but was later located at his residence with the vehicle.
Mastell was pronounced dead at the scene, and Wurr was transported to Bayfront Medical Center with life threatening injuries.