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Man Injured in Panama City Accident

PANAMA CITY -- A 63-year-old Panama City man sustained "serious, life-threatening injuries" after he was struck while crossing U.S. 98 near the intersection of Mound Avenue Friday afternoon, officials reported.

The man was transported to an area hospital around 4:40 p.m. where he remained in the trauma unit Friday night, said Lt. Robert Luther of the Panama City Police Department. His name was not released.

Police identified the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian as Kellie Taylor, 28, of Panama City. Luther said the accident is still under investigation and it's not yet known if criminal charges will be filed, but there are no indications the driver did anything wrong. She was treated for minor injuries.

Luther said Taylor was driving in the eastbound inside lane and the pedestrian crossed from the south side of the road.

After the accident traffic on U.S. 98 was shut down in both directions, backing up traffic for more than a mile in both directions. The westbound lane reopened about an hour and a half after the accident; the eastbound lane reopened about three hours after the accident.

It's the third time in six months a serious traffic accident occurred in the area.

In December, a pedestrian was killed within a quarter-mile of Friday's accident. It occurred around 5 p.m. Dec. 9 when a pedestrian was struck by a taxi while crossing the street. Police reported the taxi was traveling in the outside westbound lane of U.S. 98 near Moates Avenue when the pedestrian stepped in front of it. Less than two months later, on the morning of Jan. 25, a four-vehicle crash at U.S. 98 and Moates Avenue killed one person.

Source: "Man seriously injured in accident at U.S. 98 and Mound", Panama City News Herald, June 9, 2012.

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