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Man arrested after DNA test links him to fatal 2010 hit-and-run

ST. PETERSBURG — A man suspected of fleeing the scene of a fatal 2010 hit-and-run accident was arrested last week after police linked him to the crash through a DNA test.

Byron Famar Starling, 26, was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

Starling had been suspected of being the driver of a 2004 Hyundai Sonata that on July 10, 2010, ran a red light while traveling south at the intersection of Fourth Street and First Avenue S., police said. The car hit and killed 74-year-old Shirley Harris before the driver sped away.

Starling was later sent to prison on unrelated drug charges. While he was in prison, authorities linked Starling to the crash by matching his DNA to blood found inside the Hyundai, police said.

Upon being released from prison April 13, Starling was taken to the Pinellas County Jail. He was later released on $75,000 bail.

Man arrested after DNA test links him to fatal 2010 hit-and-run 04/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:26pm]
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