Man killed, son in critical condition after being hit by SUV in Clearwater

Pinellas County

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – An SUV struck and killed a man who was walking on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard with his son on Wednesday morning. His son was also hit and remains in critical condition, police said.

Clearwater police and paramedics responded to the crash on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard near Fernwood Avenue around 7 a.m.

Police said Ernest LeBlanc, 80, was rushed to Mease Countryside Hospital, where he later died. LeBlanc’s son Barry, 48, was taken to Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg, where he is listed in critical condition.

Sandra LeBlanc, the wife of Barry, told 8 On Your Side’s Chip Osowski the incident should have never happened.

“Something needs to be done about Gulf to Bay,” LeBlanc said. “Somebody needs to invest money in putting crosswalks so people don’t get hit by cars.”

Courtesy:  Sandra LeBlanc

According to police, the two men were not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.

“Despite the enforcement and the warnings and the reminders, we’re just not getting compliance with a lot of people,” said Clearwater Police Department Lieutenant Rodney Johnson. “They think they can make it across.”

It’s unclear if the driver of the SUV, a GMC Suburban, is facing charges.

All lanes of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard have since reopened.

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