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Elderly Driver Dies After Collision Near Eckerd College

Robert Earl Shepherd, 85, died following a crash on 54th Ave S. Wednesday night.

An elderly St. Petersburg driver is dead after his Buick collided with a pickup truck as it was leaving Eckerd College Wednesday night.

Robert Earl Shepherd, 85, was driving out of the main entrance of Eckerd College and heading west on 54th Ave S. at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

He abruptly pulled out in front of the Chevrolet pickup truck, heading east, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department's press release. According to the release, Shepherd "violated the right of way."

The pickup truck, driven by Robert Kevin McClure of St. Petersburg, hit his Buick LeSabre and sent it over the raised median and into the westbound lane.

Shepherd was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he later died.

Shepherd had two passengers, Frances Sparzani, 88, who is listed in critical condition and Aldo Sparzani, 87, who was treated for minor injuries.

The driver and passengers of the pickup truck were not injured. No charges have been filed.

Peter J Dunlay November 08, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I travel past Eckerd College frequently on the Pinellas Bayway, otherwise known as 54th Ave. S. The combination of vehicles travelling East and those exiting the College is a dangerous one, to say the least! Especially when you have Bayway traffic going well over the speed limit on approach to I-275 and those leaving the College that do not stop and yield. Go out there any late afternoon and watch the show!
Kath Madden Moxon November 08, 2012 at 10:28 PM
They need a traffic light there.
angela November 09, 2012 at 11:22 PM
There are so many elderly in the area, the traffic is high an the driving speed is fast... they need a traffic light on there!
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