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By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 28, 2001


Six-vehicle crash injures four in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG -- A car crossed over a median and into oncoming traffic Tuesday on 34th Street S, causing a six-vehicle crash that sent four people to the hospital, including a pregnant woman who went into labor, police said.

The accident happened at noon when one driver, William F. Hitzke, 78, of Largo, started having chest pains and became dizzy, police said.

Hitzke was driving a Mercury Grand Marquis north on 34th Street near 20th Avenue S. His car crossed over a raised median and ran into a Plymouth van, two Toyotas and a Dodge, all of which were headed south, said St. Petersburg police Officer Mike Preshur. One of the Toyotas was knocked into a Ford pickup.

Hitzke was in serious condition Tuesday night at Bayfront Medical Center.

The Plymouth van's driver, Andrea Stewart, 21, of St. Petersburg, was 7 months pregnant. She also was taken to Bayfront, where she was in labor Tuesday evening. Her medical condition wasn't available.

Two other drivers were treated for minor injuries at hospitals.

Police are investigating the crash. No charges had been filed Tuesday.

Police wait to identify man who was hit by car

ST. PETERSBURG -- The identity of a man who was struck and killed late Monday on Fourth Street N has not been disclosed because his relatives have not been notified, said Rick Stelljes, police spokesman. The man, who was in his 70s, was hit by a 1996 Mustang while he tried to cross from west to east. No charges are expected.

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