An 83-year-old man died and his grandson was injured after a vehicle crashed into a bus stop in St. Petersburg on Sunday, authorities said.
- 2 men hit by car at St. Petersburg bus stop
- 1 man was killed, the other injured
- Driver stopped, cooperating with police
The crash happened just before 1 p.m. along the 3500 block of 49th Street North at a bus stop in front of the Disston Plaza shopping center.
Santiago Carcamo was taken to Bayfront Health, where he died, while Gabriel Oliva, 35, incurred broken bones. He has been released from the hospital.
According to police, Louise Pequeno, 78, pulled out of the shopping center and into the path of another vehicle, which swerved to avoid hitting her. Investigators think the light-colored SUV may have struck Pequeno's vehicle, causing her to crash into the bus stop.
"When that car came, I just tried to grab him," Oliva said. "His body was against mine, and the whole thing was horrible. He was just telling me he was with a lot of pain and I was just trying to encourage him, 'Please be strong for the family,' and it was so hard."
After the crash, Pequeno stopped and cooperated with police.
Gabriel Oliva (top), his grandfather Santiago Carcamo, his grandmother and his mother. (Family photo)
Police say they would like to speak to the driver of the other vehicle that may have been involved.
Carcamo came from Honduras to the United States 40 years ago and had a ticket to return to spend Christmas with his family.
"He is the typical American dream. He came to this country to work, to pay taxes and help the family," Oliva said.
Anyone with information is asked to call 893-7780 or text SPPD plus their tip to TIP411.
The crash remains under investigation.