Crowds dined al fresco at
the Star Fish Co. overlooking the Cortez docks.
SUN PHOTO/CINDY LANE
By Laurie Krosney
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH A Holmes Beach man
was struck by a van Sunday after he got off the trolley
and tried to cross the street.
Evan Zappola, 22, got off the trolley at 68th Street and
Palm Avenue, according to Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale
Stephenson. Zappola reportedly walked around the front
of the trolley and began to cross the street.
"Apparently, he didnt look both ways and was
hit by a van attempting to pass the trolley," Stephenson
The driver of the van was Howard Stewart, 68, of Holmes
Zappola was taken by helicopter to the Bayfront Medical
Center. County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, who was on
the scene of the accident, said Monday that Zappola's
mother called her Sunday night.
"She thanked me and told me that Evan has a broken
leg and a liver injury," Whitmore said. "She
said he is doing OK, but will need surgery."
No charges were filed in the accident.
Stephenson cautioned drivers and pedestrians about trolley
"People do not have to stop for the trolley like
they do a school bus, but it is extremely dangerous to
pass it because our blocks are so short, and when you
have a trolley and stops, you have pedestrians. At some
of the stops, you have a double yellow line, which means
no passing, and if a driver pulls around the trolley to
pass it and crosses the double line, they're in violation.
As for passengers who leave the trolley and want to cross
the street, Stephenson advised, "Never walk in front
of the trolley. Wait until it passes so you have a better
view of the street and then cross. If you are near a crosswalk,
proceed to the crosswalk to cross.