Family, friends mourn death of beloved school crossing guard hit in St. Pete

School crossing guard David Roundtree, age 72, was killed on Tuesday.
School crossing guard David Roundtree, age 72, was killed on Tuesday.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA)— A memorial for school crossing guard, David Roundtree, continues to grow on the St. Petersburg corner where he was hit and killed Tuesday afternoon.

Roundtree, age 72, was setting up cones on 9th Avenue North near 43rd Street, when police say a silver Toyota Scion, driven by Charles Walton, traveled westbound and hit a pickup truck before hitting Roundtree.

Investigators also said Walton hit a school zone sign, a small tree and kept going for several blocks.

Roundtree was preparing for the 2:35 p.m. dismissal at Mt. Vernon Elementary.

A witness told detectives he’d seen Walton driving erratically for several blocks before the accident.

Roundtree was pronounced dead at the hospital. He had been a crossing guard for three years.

On Wednesday, extra crossing guards and law enforcement, were posted at the cross walk to assist students.

Police were also ticketing those who were caught speeding through the school zone.

Roundtree’s wife told News Channel 8 that he died doing what he loved, and that was protecting children.

Walton was charged with DUI manslaughter.

Learn more about David Roundtree and the investigation into his death tonight at 6 on WFLA News Channel 8.

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