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CLEARWATER, FL – An 80-year-old man was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he later died on Wednesday after getting struck by a driver who fled the scene Monday. 

This collision happened around 2:45 p.m. on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. ABC Action News said the pickup truck driver, 36-year-old Kris Paterson, was rushing to work when he ran over the scooter rider, later identified as Ernest Coluzzi. 

Clearwater Police, who are in charge of this investigation, said that Paterson had allegedly driven less than half a mile when he stopped to remove the mobility scooter attached to either the front or back bumper of his truck. They arrested him and booked him into the Pinellas County Jail. 

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PINELLAS PARK, FL – Local police declared a 36-year-old man dead at the scene after he was hit by a driver who fled the scene near the Lakeside Terrace Apartments Sunday. 

ABC Action News said Pinellas Police responded to the scene — the 4200th block of 62nd Avenue North — after 9 a.m. Department investigators believe the suspect was operating a gray Hyundai Accent (the model year being between 2018 and 2022), which is said to be without a passenger side mirror and has major damage on the passenger side door. 

The victim was later identified as Michael Vilaysack from St. Petersburg. 

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TAMPA, FL – A 25-year-old man from Little Falls, New Jersey, who operated a Suzuki motorcycle lost his life after he was struck by a pickup truck driver Wednesday. 

According to FOX 13 News, the events of this collision unfolded when the pickup truck driver, a 59-year-old man, tried to make a turn from northbound Dale Mabry Highway into a Walmart parking lot. He did not make it, as he collided with the motorcyclist traveling south. 

The 59-year-old man and the passenger with him, a 52-year-old woman, also from Tampa, were uninjured. Florida Highway Patrol said the motorcyclist succumbed to fatal wounds at the scene. 

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – On Wednesday, police confirmed that it was a 34-year-old who intentionally ran his brother over along Campbell Park, leading him to die from his wounds.

To recap, this crash occurred before 2:45 a.m. Monday at the 7th Avenue South and 12th Street South junction. ABC Action News said the suspect’s name is Tyree Gland, and the victim who passed away was 35-year-old Taiwan James Gland. St. Petersburg police said Tyree ran over Taiwan twice before Taiwan succumbed to fatal wounds at the scene. 

Tyree has yet to be found and was last seen driving away in a dark blue 2018 Cadillac ATS with the license plate number AT21AH. The passenger with Tyree at the time of the collision has been identified as 32-year-old Sebastian Williams, who is being “charged and arrested accessory after the fact to 1st-degree murder.” He was arrested Wednesday. 

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – A man walking along Campbell Park died after he was struck by a driver purposefully, St. Petersburg Police revealed Monday. 

This crash happened before 2:45 a.m. at the 7th Avenue South and 12th Street South junction, FOX 13 News indicated. Police said the pedestrian — 35-year-old Taiwan James Gland — died at the scene. 

Gland was the father of an 18-year-old adult who passed away in a shooting along the Citrus Grove Apartments. 

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CLEARWATER, FL – Two people and a pilot lost their lives after a small plane crashed into a mobile home park complex, leading the plane to catch fire Thursday. 

Several fire responders arrived at the scene — which happened near U.S. Highway 19 — before 7:30 p.m., according to WTSP. The two people who lost their lives were inside the mobile home, along with several others, at the time of the collision. It is not exactly clear what led the pilot to crash into the home. This home, along with three others, were destroyed. 

One person from the mobile home was injured but declined medical treatment. 

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – A 70-year-old woman passed away Wednesday after she was struck at an intersection in the Deniston Heights neighborhood by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene. 

The fatal collision happened after 6:30 p.m. at the 22nd Avenue North and 41st Street intersection, FOX 13 News reported. St. Petersburg Police said the victim was 70-year-old Karen Moorefield, who had dementia and was reported missing by her family less than an hour before. Though witnesses were performing CPR on her when police arrived, Moorefield succumbed to her wounds at the scene. 

Police are searching for the suspect, whom they believe was driving a 2013-2016 Cadillac SRX SUV, which sustained front-end damage in the crash. 

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – A 58-year-old man had died, and a 23-year-old woman from Seminole was transported to a hospital after a crash in the Gandy area Wednesday. 

This collision happened on the eastbound lanes of Gandy Boulevard adjacent to San Fernando Boulevard, according to WTSP

Officials said the events of this crash unfolded when the 58-year-old man walked across Gandy and was struck by the woman from Seminole, operating a Nissan. 

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL – A 44-year-old man operating a Chevy Equinox made a U-turn and collided with a teenage driver’s vehicle, leading the 17-year-old to die from his injuries Sunday. 

This collision happened before 2 a.m. on U.S. 41 near Villemarie Road, WFLA said. Florida Highway Patrol said the 44-year-old man was going south while the teenage motorist was going north. 

The teenager attempted to avoid the collision by pursuing “evasive action.” However, the attempt did not work, and his vehicle went into the grassy median, rotated, and the 17-year-old crashed into a ditch, resulting in his automobile rolling over numerous times before he struck many stationary vehicles at a car dealership. 

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TAMPA, FL – An 86-year-old man walking his bicycle on U.S. Highway 41 passed away after he was struck by an SUV driver who fled the scene Saturday. 

This collision happened before 6:45 p.m. south of Honeycrisp Court, according to ABC Action News. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Officials did not describe the suspect’s SUV or reveal their appearance. 

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