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Police: St. Petersburg man flees fatal accident, returns an hour later

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Driver returns to fatality site

A St. Petersburg man fled the scene of an accident that killed an 82-year-old pedestrian Sunday but returned an hour later, police said.

Neil Habgood, 31, was arrested Sunday and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, a felony.

Largo police Sgt. George Edmiston said Margaret Wix of Largo was walking in a northbound lane of the 12900 block of Seminole Boulevard looking for her dog when a glancing blow from a Mercury Capri knocked her to the ground.

The driver of that car pulled over to check her condition.'

Edmiston said that a second car, a Ford Escape driven by Habgood, then ran over Wix and drove away.

Wix died at the scene.

Habgood was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Monday on $10,000 bail.

Tampa

Lodging coming to MacDill

The Pentagon recently awarded a $41.5 million contract to build a 350-room lodging facility at MacDill Air Force Base, the latest in a decade-long series of projects that have transformed MacDill.

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Monday, base commander Col. Scott DeThomas said the lodging is needed to replace outdated quarters scattered around the base.

Completion is expected by 2014.

Housing for military personnel and visiting civilians has become ever more critical at MacDill since the 2001 attacks. The base is home to the nation's premiere combatant commands, U.S. Special Operations Command and Central Command, that have spearheaded operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly $1 billion in MacDill projects have been completed since about 2007.

Police: St. Petersburg man flees fatal accident, returns an hour later 11/05/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 5, 2012 11:45pm]
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