From Bay News 9
CLEARWATER -- A retired police officer working as a crossing guard was killed, and two young girls were injured Tuesday morning in a crash at a busy Clearwater intersection.
According to Clearwater police, a Cadillac was traveling west on Gulf to Bay Boulevard at a high rate of speed around 9 a.m. and ran the red light at Belcher Road.
The Cadillac collided with a Honda that was traveling in the opposite direction and turning north onto Belcher Road, which caused the Cadillac to leave the road and collide with crossing guard Doug Carey, who was standing near a concrete pillar at the northwest corner of the intersection.
Carey was thrown about 30 feet and killed, Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway said.
The man driving the Cadillac abandoned the two injured girls who were riding in his car, ages 2 and 4, and fled the scene. He was captured a short distance away in the parking lot of an Albertsons store, police said.
Both girls were transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg - the older girl with multiple fractures and a possible head injury, and the younger with minor injuries. The driver of the Honda, a young woman, was taken to Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater for precautionary reasons, police said.
Police are questioning the driver of the Cadillac and have not identified him or indicated his relationship to the children. He faces at least a charge of fleeing the scene of a crash, police said.
Carey, 70, was a 20-year officer with the Clearwater Police Department. "We all worked with this gentleman so we know him," Holloway said. "We're trying to get all our emotions in check so we can do this investigation."
The crash is expected to keep the intersection closed until at least early this afternoon.