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Pinellas Park police seek hit-and-run driver in fatal crash

PINELLAS PARK — Police are searching for a young man they say is responsible for a crash that killed a 60-year-old Clearwater man last summer.

Anthony Bernard Peterson, 22, is wanted on charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Peterson was involved in a hit-and-run crash at about 2:18 a.m. Aug. 24 at the intersection of 49th Street and Park Boulevard, police said.

Hours after the accident, Peterson was found at a Manatee County hospital with a broken leg. He admitted to driving a rented Chrysler 300 that blew through a red light and hit a 2001 Toyota, police said.

William Trotter, who was driving the Toyota, died en route to the hospital.

Peterson told police he and his family had been at a birthday party at the Bottom's Up Gentleman's Club earlier that night when a shooting occurred in the parking lot.

Peterson said he and his friends quickly left, then panicked after getting into the crash with Trotter, police said. Peterson and one of his passengers left the scene, police said. Another passenger, who was injured, remained and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center.

Police believe Peterson, aware that warrants were issued recently, has been hiding out in his St. Petersburg neighborhood. His last known address was 3627 27th Ave. S.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts can contact Cpl. Scott Galley at (727) 541-0887 or

Pinellas Park police seek hit-and-run driver in fatal crash 04/27/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:04pm]
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