TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Police are investigating a crash that left a teen scooter rider with serious injuries.
According to the Tampa Police Department, the crash happened on Bayshore Boulevard at Magnolia Avenue.
TPD said a 15-year-old girl was trying to cross the road when she was hit. The crash closed the southbound lanes of Bayshore Boulevard between Bay Avenue and Swann Avenue for several hours.
She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Greg Lawida rides his bicycle on Bayshore Boulevard several times a week, but he proceeds with caution.
“I almost got hit twice on Harbour Island,” Lawida said.
He says for years he’s seen countless accidents on the busy road, whether it’s car on car, or a car hitting a person.
“It’s a death sentence to go on Bayshore, one of the busier streets,” Lawida said.
The crash brings back memories of previous accidents for people walking, jogging and biking along Bayshore Tuesday.
Jaclyn McCauley was one of many people walking near the crash scene. She immediately recalled the crash on Bayshore that killed a mother and her child in 2018, and when a 70-year-old man who was walking on the sidewalk was hit and killed by a drunk driver in 2020.
“It kind of makes me nervous sometimes walking here because a lot of times it happens in broad daylight, not in the middle of the night,” Mccauley said. “Even though the speed limit is 35, I feel like people might be going faster than they should be.”
People on Bayshore Tuesday say the city has to do even more to keep people safe.
“It’s just nuts,” Lawida said. “There’s absolutely no respect for pedestrians, bicyclists, people on scooters.”
Note: Police previously reported the girl was a younger child, then said she was a woman in her 20s. A corrected release said the rider was 15. This story has been updated.