Police say a man who appeared to be impaired while driving struck and killed a 72-year-old crossing guard on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
According to law enforcement, crossing guard David Roundtree was preparing school zone cones on Ninth Avenue N near 43rd Street at around half past two when he was struck by a Toyota Scion. Police say the Scion was driven by twenty-one-year-old Charles Hunter Walton of St. Petersburg. Prior to striking Roundtree, the Scion had been being driven erratically for several blocks, according to authorities. They allege that the Scion struck another vehicle before mortally injuring Roundtree, then hit a school zone sign and a small tree and continued on for several blocks.
Roundtree, who was in his third year working as a crossing guard, was taken by ambulance to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where he expired. Officers of the St. Petersburg Police said they were fond of Roundtree, recalling friendly interactions with him as they patrolled the area around Mount Vernon Elementary and his intersection.
Hunter was booked into Pinellas County Jail just before eight o’clock Tuesday evening. Officers at the scene say he acted as though he was under the influence of some substance, but tests for alcohol intoxication at the scene were negative. Authorities drew a sample of Walton’s blood for further testing, but say that results from those tests will likely not be available for several weeks. An eighteen-year-old female was also in the vehicle at the time of the incident, but she is not being charged and her identity has not been released.
Hunter is currently being held on $50,000 bail on one count of DUI manslaughter. Local media reports that he has a valid driver’s license and one prior arrest in Key West for drug possession.
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