ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A grandfather is dead while his grandson is recovering with several broken bones after both were hit by a car while at a bus stop Sunday.
The grandfather has been identified as 83-year-old Santiago Carcamo. Police say his grandson is 35-year-old Gabriel Oliva.
Police responded to the crash around 1 p.m. on 49th Street N. in front of the Disston Plaza. Police believe the 78-year-old driver swerved into the grandfather and grandson waiting at the bus stop because a light-colored SUV swerved to avoid her as she pulled out of the shopping plaza parking lot.
"We’re not sure if she pulled out into the other lane but according to what we’ve been told, the white SUV had to swerve out of the way and then swerve back into the lane to avoid southbound traffic and a head-on collision," Ofc. Michael Jockers, with the St. Pete Police Department, said on scene.
It's possible both vehicles made contact with each other, according to investigators.
.@StPetePD believe another vehicle swerved in front of this vehicle, causing the driver to veer off the road and into the bus stop. Police now looking for driver of a light colored SUV that may have been involved. Anyone with info can call 727-893-7780 @10NewsWTSP pic.twitter.com/hSFyqJDe1D— Josh Sidorowicz (@joshsidorowicz) November 26, 2017
Carcamo was taken to Bayfront Hospital, where he died. His grandson's injuries are not life-threatening.
The woman who swerved into the bus stop is cooperating with police as they continue an investigation. It's unclear if she'll face any charges.
Leslie Corwin, who works at a medical supply store in the shopping plaza behind the bus stop, said she believed the man killed is a customer who had just been into the store with his grandson prior to the crash to buy something for his walker. A mangled walker was carried away from the scene by investigators.
"It's very sad," she said. "You know somebody, you see them one second and the next you don’t; I don’t comprehend that very well."
Police are continuing to look for light-colored SUV which they believe played a role in the crash.
Anyone with information on the driver of the SUV is being asked to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780 or text SPPD to TIP411.
49th Street was closed between 34th and 38th avenues during the investigation.
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