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Police arrest driver in fatal hit and run in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — Police have arrested a St. Petersburg man they say is responsible for a crash that killed a 60-year-old Clearwater man in Pinellas Park last summer.

Anthony Bernard Peterson, 22, of 3627 27th Ave. S, was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Police had been searching for him for more than a month and believed he was hiding out in his neighborhood.

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, Pinellas Park 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 was in the Pinellas County Jail Saturday night in lieu of $102,500 bail.

Police arrest driver in fatal hit and run in Pinellas Park 06/19/10 [Last modified: Saturday, June 19, 2010 9:41pm]

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