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Largo police arrest man in fatal hit-and-run

LARGO — Police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal hit and run accident Monday.

Benjamin Gene White, 22, was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death. Additional charges may follow, Largo police say.

Authorities identified the victim as John Robert Barthorpe, a 57-year-old resident of Heritage Village Mobile Home Park. He was killed about 7:25 Monday night as he crossed Seminole Boulevard near 127th Place in the middle of the block.

White's vehicle, a 2008 Hyundai Sonata, also has been located. Police narrowed their search for the car using paint scrapings and wreckage from the scene. They also received information from a citizen that helped find White and his car.

White had been cited at least four times for speeding before. He was also cited for leaving the scene of a crash five years ago. Adjudication was withheld in that case, according to Pinellas County Court records.

Anyone with information can call (727) 587-6730.

Largo police arrest man in fatal hit-and-run 11/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:34pm]
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