BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - This road is the site of a pair of deadly crashes on Sunday both within a mile of each other and both involving pedestrians who were struck by vehicles and killed.
Eric Whitman lives nearby and rides his bike on 15th Street East in Bradenton frequently. He says it’s very challenging to walk or ride a bike around here.
“A lot of these you don’t have bicycle lanes or you have sidewalks on one side of the street but you don’t have sidewalks on the other side of the street," said Whitman. "So it’s dangerous because the side that don’t have the sidewalks, you’ve got to cross the street to get on the sidewalk.”
The first fatal accident took place around 3:45 a.m. on 15th Street East at 57th Avenue. Troopers say 51-year-old Pablo Tobar was crossing 15th Street East, north of the intersection with 57th Avenue East, when the driver of what witnesses described as a blue four-door Honda vehicle failed to slow down and struck him.
According to troopers, the driver left the scene without stopping to render aid to Tobar, who was later pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with any information about incident should contact FHP at 239-938-1800.
The second took place just over 12 hours later less than a mile up the road.
Troopers say around 6:30pm, 66-year-old Keith Queen was crossing 15th Street East at 51st Avenue East when he was struck by a Hyundai Sonata heading south.
Queen was killed. The driver of that vehicle, a 54-year-old Bradenton man, remained on scene.
At this time, the driver has not been charged but the crash remains under investigation.
“Unfortunately we have a lot of folks out there who are walking and when you are doing so by the roadway you have to have that good situational awareness," said Trooper Kenn Watson with the Florida Highway Patrol. "Be aware of everything that’s around you and then obviously as an operator of the motor vehicle you must be looking out for these vulnerable users of the roadway.”
If you have any more information on both of these deadly crashes, you’re being asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol.