Pinellas Park police seek public's help in fatal crash Saturday

PINELLAS PARK — This is all police know about the vehicle in Saturday's fatal hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of 64-year-old Pamela Collier: It was a dark-colored SUV.

"That is as good as it gets," said Pinellas Park Sgt. Brian Unmisig. "That's why we need help."

Pinellas Park police are asking for the public's help to identify the vehicle, the occupants or any other useful information that will help them piece together what happened near 78th Avenue and 66th Street about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police said Collier was crossing 78th Avenue when she was hit by an SUV that didn't stop. Its front-end may have suffered light to moderate damage.

The SUV didn't appear to be speeding, Unmisig said. Witnesses said Collier may have been crossing against the light, but police still aren't sure if Collier went against the red or the light changed while she was in the road.

Collier lived at Freedom Village I, an affordable apartment complex for people with disabilities.

"There's always two sides to any story," Unmisig said. "Before there are any charges (discussed), we want to hear from the driver and we want to hear what happened.

"But right now our concern is that this person left the scene of a crash."

Police are asking anyone with information about this crash to contact Officer Ben Simpkins at (727) 541-0758. Anonymous callers can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-873-8477 and could be eligible for a cash reward.

Pinellas Park police seek public's help in fatal crash Saturday 10/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 7:14pm]

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