On Monday, June 7, 2021, at about 10 p.m., 49 year-old Christopher Allen Harris was walking north along 49th Street and crossing 5th Ave. N in the crosswalk, when he was struck by a westbound 2004 Infinity G35, driven by a 21 year-old driver.
Harris suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg in critical condition.
The impact caused Harris’ prosthetic leg to dislodge and strike another vehicle traveling eastbound on 5th Ave N. Both drivers stopped and cooperated with the investigation.
Unfortunately, his prosthetic leg was stolen before officers arrived at the scene. The prosthetic leg is customized with Marvel artwork and the family of the victim asked for its return.
After the widespread social media/media coverage of the missing prosthetic leg, someone called police and told them where to find it.
Officers just found it behind a local laundromat hidden among some discarded items and returned it to the victim’s wife, moments ago.
Thanks to all of you for helping to get the word out and making sure the leg was returned to the victim’s family.
The prosthesis is valued at approximately $15,000.
Traffic Homicide detectives do not believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, but the investigation is ongoing.