Authorities report that three women killed by vehicles in the Tampa Bay area within 24 hours. Multiple reports confirm that one bicyclist and two pedestrians were killed during this period, which lasted from Thursday to Friday of last week.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, 25-year-old Anne McLaughlin was killed shortly after noon in St. Petersburg on Thursday. St. Petersburg police reports that Anne was riding a bicycle through an enhance crosswalk within the 2800 block of Dr. Martin Luther King St N. She was struck by 34-year-old Brian Doughty in a white Chevrolet. The report states that Doughty did stop after the collision and is working with the local police department as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident.
City transportation director Evan Mory stated that “it’s unfortunate and…frustrating that you are installing a proven safety countermeasure and then the unexpected and traffic happens.” The city created new bike lanes for Dr. Martin Luther King St N for each direction to complement the three traffic lanes and turning lane. Mory stated that there is not “any more of a well-marked crosswalk than those five” on MLK St. City data shows that this marked the 10th bicyclist death within St. Petersburg since 2011, but the first to occur within a crosswalk on King Street.
An 82-year-old pedestrian, Ilda Alonso, died later the same afternoon in Tampa. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that she was crossing a street near McKay Bay around 2:15pm when a flatbed tow truck hit her. Chester W. Marchbank, 61, drove the 2016 Ford 450 truck as Alonso walked across 50th street. The report confirms that Alonso died at the scene of the accident.
Another vehicle struck a 51-year-old woman as she crossed a busy street the following morning around 6:30am west of Interstate 75 (I-75). Highway Patrol identified 38-year-old Quincy J. Robinson as the driver. The woman, who was not identified in the report due to pending notification of her next of kin, was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
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