CLEARWATER — The driver of a car that police blame for an eight-vehicle crash remained at large Sunday morning as police identified two people who died.
Richard Kelly of Odessa, whose age was unavailable, and Jancarlos Alberto Schaffer, 22, of Hillsborough County, were killed in the crash, according to Clearwater police.
According to police, a Chevy Avalanche was being driven at a high speed and changing lanes about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Near Nursery Road on U.S. 19, the vehicle approached stopped traffic but struck three cars — including a Scion with the two men killed as passengers, according to a news release Sunday by Clearwater police.
Then the Avalanche triggered a three-vehicle crash, before finally striking the eighth vehicle. The driver of the Avalanche fled on foot, and police haven't found the person.
Seven other people were hospitalized, and the passenger in the Avalanche, Daniel Barga of St. Petersburg is in critical condition, Clearwater police said.
Southbound lanes of U.S. 19 were closed until nearly midnight.
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