Pedestrian struck by Florida Department of Health employee has died

ST. PETERSBURG, Fl. (WFLA) – A 45-year-old Tallahassee man is facing driving under the influence charges after he struck a pedestrian Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Thomas Kenneth Vaughan, the pedestrian, passed away early this morning from his injuries.

Deegan, 45, was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting a bond of $5,000.
Deegan, 45, was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting a bond of $5,000.

Joseph Kenneth Deegan, an employee for the Florida Department of Health, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and released just after 7 am Sunday after posting a bond of $5,000.

According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report the incident occurred just after 6 pm near the intersection of 29th St. North and 5th Ave. North. The unidentified man was crossing 5th when he was hit by Deegan’s 2003 Lincoln Aviator.

The pedestrian was transported to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries. His identity has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Deegan, who told investigators he did not see the injured man in the roadway, was evaluated at the scene and found to be under the influence of alcohol the report states. He is facing one count of DUI with serious bodily injury. 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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