Monday, December 18, 2017
Public safety

Woman injured in Palm Harbor hit-and-run

PALM HARBOR — A Largo woman was seriously injured late Monday after the driver of the car she was in lost control of the vehicle and ran away.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the driver of a Chrysler 300 was speeding south on Belcher Road about 8:40 p.m. when he lost control at the intersection of Alderman Road.

He sideswiped a Nissan Altima, then rotated, struck a curb, overturned and hit a Duke Energy light pole, troopers said.

The Chrysler rolled another 1,700 feet and the passenger, Ashley Love, 25, was thrown from the car. She was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with serious injuries.

The intersection was closed until about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The Nissan's three passengers, Nicolas Diamantidis, 62, Maria Eskanazy, 62, and Anna Diamantidis, 57, were taken to Florida Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released. Love was listed in stable condition early Tuesday.

The Nissan's driver ran away and has yet to be found. Anyone with information about his identity can call the Florida Highway Patrol at 813-621-4020.

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