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Wife, 92, dies of injuries in crash

By BRYAN GILMER

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 4, 2000


ST. PETERSBURG -- A 92-year-old city woman died early Wednesday, eight days after her husband accidentally struck her with their car while picking her up from a hairstyling appointment.

"He told me on the phone that they had been married 70 years and never had a cross word," said Judith Twyman, 58, a hairstylist who was walking the elderly woman to the curb and was also struck. "He was devastated. He'd never hurt another person. I'm just really heartsick for him. I did talk to him and remind him that it was an accident and that he should forgive himself."

Caroline Geiser died at 3:56 a.m. Wednesday at Bayfront Medical Center from her injuries, said traffic Lt. Randy Bratton of the St. Petersburg Police Department. Police did not originally think Mrs. Geiser's injuries were life-threatening.

On April 24, Albert J. Geiser, 90, drove to Shears, the Salon, at 844 49th St. N to pick up Mrs. Geiser. Geiser apparently mistook the gas pedal for the brake and the 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis went out of control, hitting the two women before striking some parked cars, police said.

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