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Man killed in St. Petersburg hit-and-run

ST. PETERSBURG — A man has been charged with DUI manslaughter in a hit-and-run crash early Friday that killed a 47-year-old bicyclist.

Barry Lancaster was riding his bike eastbound along the 2200 block of Fifth Avenue N about 2:15 a.m. when he was struck by a 2010 Acura traveling in the same direction, according to police reports. Lancaster was thrown onto the windshield and landed in the roadway.

The driver, Thom Brian Swift, 44, failed to stop to help, police say. Swift continued to his home at 2017 Dartmouth Ave. N, where he later told police he knew he was involved in a crash, with what he thought was a pedestrian, and fled the scene.

Lancaster, who was believed to be homeless, died shortly after the crash at Bayfront Medical Center.

Swift was arrested and charged with manslaughter while driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail Friday night in lieu of $120,000 bail.

Man killed in St. Petersburg hit-and-run 12/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 5:29pm]
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