Hit-and-Run on Coffee Pot Boulevard Kills Pedestrian

A couple was walking along the waterfront on Coffee Pot Boulevard in the Old Northeast Friday, when a vehicle veered on to the sidewalk, police said.

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. 

Todd January 26, 2013 at 06:14 PM
This is just sad. This happened just down the street from me. Hope they toss the book at Deacon.
Rebecca January 28, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Deacon has always been a really good kid. It is very sad that one bad decision can be so devistating. This is very heartbreaking for both him and the victims and their families.
Todd January 31, 2013 at 06:15 PM
i am sure he was a good kid. Everyone was a good kid sometime in their life unless born rotten. I live just five or six houses down and it is sad. I see the crash site every day. There are a few flowers left at the site. hard to understand how he could have done it the way my street is laid out. It's a 15 miles per hour zone.
Frederick Kann January 31, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Of course he was driving a full size v8 pick 'em up truck and he was the only one in it and was not hauling a load of anything other than his blood alcohol.
Scott Wilson February 23, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Gloria was my friend,I have known her sense I was 14,she was someone that made my life & this world a better place
LaDenna Burrows February 23, 2013 at 04:45 PM
This is absolutely devastating. He now is no LONGER A GOOD KID !! Something he has to live with the rest of his life. That is sad. But what is more SAD IS HE TOOK THE LIFE OF TWO HAPPY & HEALTHY PPL ENJOYING LIFE !! I know the cousin of the woman , and this family is hurting and also now that the man lost his life too !! Our hearts our torn apart. Sad Sad Sad , Alchol is a killer too !! May God give these family's the strength to get through this difficult time. I will also pray for the young mans family for the grief they must be feeling. I will pray that Justice will be served !!


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