Scooter hit by semi, rider critically injured

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A scooter rider was critically injured when a semi tractor trailer hit him on Gandy Boulevard Friday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened after 9 p.m. near Gandy Boulevard and San Marten Boulevard. The scooter with a broken tail light was going east on Gandy on the outside lane. A semi tractor trailer hauling gasoline was also going east in the outside lane.

The semi driver James Alexander Dixon, 48, of Tampa, couldn’t see the scooter and rear-ended it. The scooter rider, a 55-year-old man from St Petersburg, was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. FHP officials will release his name after notifying his family.

He was not wearing a helmet, according to FHP. The driver of the semi was not injured.

According to FHP, alcohol was not a factor in the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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