Mother Who Was Pushing Baby Stroller Dies After U.S. 19 Crash
The three children with her were not hit, but the two year old who was in the stroller suffered minor injuries when it overturned, Tarpon Springs police said.
TARPON SPRINGS – A Tarpon Springs woman who was pushing a baby stroller when she was hit by a car on U.S. 19 this morning (Sept. 22) has died of her injuries, the Tarpon Springs Police Department said.
Police said they found Tymira Latrel Leverson, 27, of Tarpon Springs, lying off the side of the road in the grassy area with three children standing net to her. Ms. Leverson was unresponsive, had a slow pulse and shallow breathing so officers began first aid. Officers eventually lost the pulse and started performing CPR. Fire Rescue arrived and assumed the living-saving measures.
Ms. Leverson was taken to Florida Hospital of North Pinellas as a trauma alert from a serious head injury. She was later taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. She died at Tampa General.
Deava Dixon, 2, who was in the stroller, was taken to Florida Hospital North Pinellas for minor injuries. She has been treated and released. The other two children, Tre’Mont Triplett and Layla Lewis, both 6, were not injured. All three children are with Ms. Leverson’s mother, Stacey Leverson of Clearwater. Police said Deava and Tre’Mont are Tymira Leverson’s biological children. She was Layla’s guardian.
The crash happened about 6:08 a.m. on U.S. 19 just south of the intersection of Spruce Street.
Police said Ms. Leverson was pushing a baby stroller with Deava in the stroller. Tre’Mont and Layla were walking next to her, south on U.S. 19. Ms Leverson was straddling the fog line between the shoulder and the right hand turn lane for Pine Street. (The fog line is the white line that separates the travel lane from the shoulder.) The stroller was very close to the fog line on the grass side. The two six year olds were walking side by side on the paved shoulder, between the stroller and the grass.
A 2008 Nissan pickup truck driven by Joseph Vitale, 33, of Port Richey had just entered the turn lane to make a right turn onto Pine. Police said he did not see and of the pedestrians and struck Ms. Leverson.
The impact caused the stroller to flip over and eject Deava,.
the investigation is ongoing. Witnesses are asked to call Investigator Matthew Geer or Sgt. Frank Ruggiero at (727) 938-2849.
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