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Retired nurse dies after car hit her crossing road

No charges have been filed against the driver of the car.

By JONATHAN ABEL, Times Staff Writer
Published January 16, 2008


DUNEDIN - A Dunedin grandmother was killed Monday night when she was struck by a car while trying to cross the road near her house.

The incident happened on Patricia Avenue at its intersection with Manor Drive S.

Cathy J. Sebastian, 53, was trying to cross Patricia Avenue about 7:25 p.m. when she was hit by a southbound Toyota driven by Lois W. Peterson, 72, reports the Pinellas Sheriff's Office.

Peterson, of Dunedin, has not been charged and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.Sebastian was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where she was pronounced dead.

Her daughter-in-law, Lisa Sebastian, said the family wasn't sure where Sebastian was going - she might have been walking home from the bus - but it wasn't unusual for her to be walking in the area.

A retired nurse, Sebastian had two adult children, Nicholas and Tara, and a grandson, Gavin, 4. Sebastian lived alone in Dunedin with two cats, her daughter-in-law said, and she loved reading and listening to music.

Sebastian's memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park.

Jonathan Abel can be reached at or 727 445-4157.


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Investigators spoke to neighbors who heard the impact, but they still want to find anyone who saw what happened. Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Luben at (727) 582-6200.


[Last modified January 16, 2008, 00:25:08]

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