Pedestrian Injured in Oldsmar Crash
Pinellas deputies said witnesses told them the man was deliberately jumping in front of vehicles before he was hit.
OLDSMAR – A pedestrian received life-threatening injuries Wednesday (Jan. 25) when he was hit while standing in Tampa Road, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Juan Eduardo Rivera-Aguilar, 28, of 2948 Drew St., Apt. 1215 in Clearwater, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa with life-threatening injuries.
Deputies said they were called to the Applebees Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 4016 Tampa Road in Oldsmar, about 7:30 p.m. because a man was acting erratically. The man, later identified a Rivera-Aguilar, went into the restaurant and told management to call the police. Before deputies arrived, Rivera-Aguilar ran out of the business and into traffic on Tampa Road.
Witnesses told deputies that Rivera-Aguilar ran into the eastbound lanes of Tampa Road stopped traffic by beating on the hoods of several vehicles for no apparent reason.
Rivera-Aguilar was standing in the eastbound median lane of Tampa Road at the intersection of St. Petersburg Drive E, when a 2006 Toyota Highlander driven by Sheldon Power, 33, struck him. Deputies said Power did not see Rivera-Aguilar standing in the road. Powers showed no signs of impairment and speed was not a factor in the crash.
Deputies said several witnesses told them that Rivera-Aguilar was deliberately jumping in front of vehicles traveling eastbound on Tampa Road just before he was struck. Rivera-Aguilar was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash.
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