Police identify elderly driver
The 93-year-old man, who drove 3 miles with a victim on his windshield, loved to drive, police
By Times Staff Writer
Published October 20, 2005
ST. PETERSBURG -- At 93, Ralph Parker still had one great joy:
He loved to drive his car.
"That was the one thing he had," said St. Petersburg Police Officer Mike Jockers. "Just
drive for the sheer enjoyment of driving."
It was while driving Wednesday night that Parker's joy turned to horror.
Investigators say Parker hit a 52-year-old pedestrian crossing 34th Street S.
The collision severed the man's leg. Parker drove three miles with the body stuck in the
windshield. He was finally stopped at a Sunshine Skyway tollbooth.
When asked what happened later, he told police the man dropped from the sky.
"Obviously, he was confused," Jockers said, "incredibly confused."
Police investigators say it is unlikely that Parker will face criminal charges.
The name of the victim was withheld Thursday, pending notification of relatives.
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