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Reward offered in search for Clearwater hit-and-run suspect

CLEARWATER — As police continue to investigate a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred March 15, two rewards totaling $8,500 are being offered for information in the case.

Ellen Sweeney, 79, of Largo died from her injuries the day after she was hit by a pickup truck that turned into her path as it tried to enter an "exit only" area of the post office at Belcher Road and Rainbow Drive.

The vehicle fled the scene after the crash.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest, and Sweeney's family has pledged another $7,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The pickup truck was silver or gray and could have been a Dodge 2005-2006 model with tinted windows. It had damage to the rear quarter panel and back end.

Clearwater police are asking anyone with information to call the Police Department at (727) 562-4200 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477. You can also submit a tip online at or text TIP144 followed by the tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

Reward offered in search for Clearwater hit-and-run suspect 04/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2011 2:00pm]
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