Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team
Margherita Trupiano (Deceased)
Address: 1819 Shore Drive South, Apt.312, St. Petersburg
Emile Daniel (Driver)
Address: 1165 63rd Avenue South, St. Petersburg
Vehicle: 1986 Ford Econo-Line Van
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a vehicle vs pedestrian crash that left a woman dead.
The crash occurred at about 10:50 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2012.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Pasadena Avenue South and Majestic Way in South Pasadena.
According to investigators, the pedestrian identified as 83-year-old Margherita Trupiano, was crossing Pasadena Avenue westbound at the crosswalk at Majestic Way. (This is a t-intersection.)
The Ford Econo-Line van being driven by 54-year Emile Daniel, was traveling north on Pasadena Avenue in the curb lane.
Deputies say Trupiano had just taken a couple of steps off the curb and into the crosswalk, when she was struck by the vehicle.
Trupiano was transported to Bayfront Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of life-threatening injuries. She was pronounced dead at 1:06 p.m. at the hospital.
Neither alcohol nor speed appear to be a factor in this case.
The investigation continues.