On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, near the intersection of Belcher Road and Catalina Drive in Clearwater, Florida, a crossing guard was left injured after being struck by a vehicle. Source.
The crash, which occurred just south of Oak Grove Middle School, left 78-year-old crossing guard Ernest Comeau injured. Comeau was helping students to cross Catalina Drive when he was hit by a Honda Accord being driven by 68-year-old Gregory Olson, who fled the scene. Olson’s vehicle was then pinned by other motorists who witnessed the hit and run.
Comeau was taken to Morton Plant Hospital after the incident with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries and was later transferred to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for further treatment.
According to Olson, his foot slipped off of his brake when he was exiting Catalina Drive onto South Belcher Road, causing him to hit Comeau. Olsen then panicked and fled the scene before being stopped by witnesses.
Olson is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, driving with a suspended license, and failure to obey a traffic control device. Olson’s license has been suspended since July of 2019 for failure to submit medical reports as required. He told investigators that he was aware that his license was suspended.
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