A Gulfport resident was struck and killed by a vehicle on Wednesday afternoon, February 3, while crossing Gulfport Boulevard.
The deceased has been identified as Jackie “Jack” Lewis, a 74-year-old who was crossing Gulfport Boulevard east of the intersection of Beach Boulevard, near his home.
Pinellas County Sheriff deputies report that 86-year-old Sharon Odell was travelling eastbound on Gulfport Boulevard in her 2001 Chevy HHR when she struck Lewis with her car.
“Neither speed nor impairment was a factor,” Pinellas County Sheriff’s Sergeant Spencer Gross said.
Deputies also report that Odell stopped immediately.
Lewis, who was reportedly not using the crosswalk, sustained severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A crowd gathered on Saturday at Clymer Park for a memorial service for Lewis, organized by neighbor Monisha Rios.
“He was a hero to me,” Rios said. “He would give you his last penny.”
Rios also said that Lewis suffered from Parkinson’s desease.
“That didn’t stop him. He walked everywhere he could, as long as he felt safe to do so,” Rios said.
Along with his family, Lewis leaves behind his dog, Taco, who is currently being watched over by Rios.
The Gulfport Police Department is a member agency of the Pinellas County Major Accident Investigation Team, which will be responsible for conducting the investigation. However, according to Spencer, there are no plans to file charges at this time.