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Largo police seek hit-run driver who critically injured pedestrian

LARGO — Police want the public's help in identifying the driver of a car who hit a pedestrian and fled Saturday night.

The pedestrian, Darcee Jo Randall, 49, of Largo, was hit at 10 p.m. after she fell near East Bay and Seacrest drives. Police do not know what caused her to fall.

She remained in critical condition with facial injuries Monday, said Largo police Sgt. Ryan Dulski.

He said the driver likely will face a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury.

The driver probably would not have faced charges had he or she stopped and reported the accident, Dulski said, because Randall would have been difficult for anyone to see.

Dulski said police would "be willing to hear their side of the story" if the driver reports to authorities.

Witnesses described the car as a newer model silver or light colored Ford or Cadillac. Dulski said the car probably has front-end damage on the driver's side and broken headlights.

Police said the driver hit Randall, stopped and then sped off through a red light.

Ryan Davis, 25, of Largo is Randall's only child.

He said his mother was crossing the street to go to a convenience store for cigarettes. She lived nearby with her sister, he said.

The bones in her face are broken as well as her left femur, clavicle and right ankle, he said.

Davis said his mom is one of his best friends, and they talk on the phone almost every day.

Just Saturday morning, he said, they were drinking coffee together, "shooting the breeze."

Now all Davis can do is wait while police examine video footage and collect tips.

"I feel helpless because I can't fix my mom," he said. "I can't get out there and do anything."

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the driver should call Dulski at (727) 587-6730.

Largo police seek hit-run driver who critically injured pedestrian 02/08/10 [Last modified: Monday, February 8, 2010 8:40pm]
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