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Teen hit by truck


Northpinellas: Teen hit by truck dies at hospital: “ST. PETERSBURG – A 16-year-old hit by a truck while crossing the street Friday died Sunday, said a family spokeswoman.Doctors at Bayfront Medical Center pronounced Rebecca McKinney brain dead Sunday morning, said friend and family spokeswoman Debbie Hembrey. Family members elected to turn off life support later in the day.

McKinney suffered serious internal injuries when she was hit by a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup Friday as she was crossing McMullen-Booth Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Janice L. Dotter, 57, of Palm Harbor was driving the pickup. She was not charged.

McKinney, known to friends and family as Becca, was on the swim team at Clearwater High and sang in the chorus there.

She had just gotten off a school bus with other students near San Bernardino Street, south of Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, the FHP said.

FHP spokesman Trooper Larry Coggins said Sunday that detectives were still investigating. He said earlier the girl ran in front of the truck and Dotter could not avoid her.”

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