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13-166 Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) Investigates Single Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Fatality In Seminole

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT)

James Morris Wheeler (Pedestrian, Deceased)
DOB: 11/12/1929
Address: 13192 75th Avenue N. Seminole

L. C. Dudley  (Uninjured Driver)
DOB: 5/4/1928
Address: 11159 56th Avenue N. Seminole
Vehicle: 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis

Justin C. Dudle (Uninjured Passenger)
DOB: 2/19/2002
Address: 8661 Pine Tree Drive N. Seminole
Vehicle: 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis

What:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) are investigating a fatal crash involving a vehicle vs. pedestrian.

Where:
The pedestrian fatality took place in the area of 113th Street N. and 74th Avenue in Seminole.

When:
The fatality occurred at approximately 8:43 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

How/Why:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) are investigating a pedestrian fatality in Seminole. The vehicle vs. pedestrian crash took place in the area of 113th Street N. and 74th Avenue in Seminole at approximately 8:43 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

According to deputies, the driver of a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis was traveling southbound on 113th Street North at 74th Avenue. At the same time, the victim was crossing east on 113th in the crosswalk. The victim had already crossed over the first two southbound lanes before being struck by the Grand Marquis, whose driver was unable to avoid the collision.

The victim, identified as 83-year-old James Morris Wheeler, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and passenger of the Grand Marquis were not injured in the crash.

Neither alcohol nor speed appear to be a factor in this case.

The southbound lanes of 113th Street N. were closed for approximately 4 hours during the investigation and have since reopened.

The investigation continues.

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