Teenager gets 15 years in prison after fatal accident in stolen car in St. Petersburg

LARGO -- An 18-year-old Bradenton man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fleeing police and getting into an accident that killed Gary Lane Smith, 56, of St. Petersburg.

Ramesse Harris also was sentenced on Monday to an additional two years' house arrest plus 13 years' probation, and his driver's license has been revoked.

Harris pleaded guilty last year to vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

At the time of the crash in September 2010, Harris was 16. Authorities said he led a Manatee County Sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase across the Sunshine Skyway, ran a red light, and T-boned Smith's car.

Manatee County officials said they had called off the chase before Harris got off Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg police said they did not chase Harris, and that they did attempt to stop Harris with a spiked device.

Teenager gets 15 years in prison after fatal accident in stolen car in St. Petersburg 03/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 5:46pm]

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