This Cadillac ran a red light about 9 a.m. at the intersection of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road, striking and killing a Clearwater crossing guard.
CLEARWATER – A school crossing guard was killed and two children were injured May 20 after a Cadillac allegedly ran a red light about 9 a.m. at the intersection of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road, according to a Clearwater police report.
Douglas Carey, 70, was hired on Dec. 9, 1968 as a Clearwater police patrolman. He retired in June 1987. He has worked as a temporary, seasonal police aide and crossing guard since March 2010.
On May 20, a Cadillac was travelling west on Gulf to Bay and ran a red light, hitting a Honda that was on eastbound Gulf to Bay and was trying to turn north onto Belcher Road. Carey was working as a crossing guard and was standing on the northwest corner of the intersection when he was struck.
The driver of the Honda was taken to Morton Plant Hospital for precautionary reasons. A 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl were in the Cadillac. The 4-year-old suffered multiple fractures and possibly a head injury, police said. The 2-year-old had minor injuries. Police initially were uncertain if they were ejected from the Cadillac or not.
The driver of the Cadillac was being questioned at police headquarters. The preliminary investigation showed that he ran the red light at a high rate of speed in the far right lane when the collision occurred, police said.