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St. Petersburg man accused of fatal hit-and-run

PINELLAS PARK

St. Petersburg man facing charge in fatal hit-and-run

Acting on a tip, police arrested a St. Petersburg man Sunday on charges he fled from a crash that killed a homeless man pushing a bicycle across U.S. 19.

Nicholas Peter Kachmar, 55, faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash with death.

On Saturday evening, Scott Alan Benedict, 43, was crossing the highway near Mainlands Boulevard when a driver of a 2001 Ford Explorer hit him and drove away, witnesses told Pinellas Park police.

Benedict, who had no permanent address, died at the scene.

Investigators said they found damage on Kachmar's sport utility vehicle that was consistent with evidence from the crash.

Kachmar remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Sunday evening without bail.

PINELLAS PARK

Alcohol may be a factor in 3-car crash that killed one

A St. Petersburg man died Sunday following a three-car wreck in Pinellas Park, authorities said.

Around 1:40 p.m., Charles Berry, 81, was driving east on 62nd Avenue with his wife, Carol Berry, 77, when a southbound 1973 Rolls-Royce driven by 58-year-old Tony Garon of St. Petersburg ran a red light at 49th Street and collided with their 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis, according to Pinellas Park police.

A westbound 2007 Toyota Corolla, driven by 67-year-old Carol Cherry of St. Petersburg, simultaneously collided with Garon's Rolls-Royce.

Charles Berry was transported to Northside Hospital, where he later died, police said.

Carol Berry and Carol Cherry were also taken to Northside and treated for minor injuries. Garon was treated at the scene.

Officers said alcohol may have been a factor in the wreck, which is under investigation.

ST. PETERSBURG

Authorities identify victim struck and killed by truck

Troopers have identified the St. Petersburg pedestrian who was killed after being hit by a truck early Thursday.

Andrew Thomas Johns, 56, died at Northside Hospital, according to the Florida State Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported about 5:30 a.m. when a Ford F-250 was heading north on 49th Street N, approaching 48th Avenue.

Johns was crossing the street from west to east and walked into the Ford's path, troopers said. The driver slowed, but couldn't avoid hitting the pedestrian, who wasn't using a crosswalk.

The driver, Floyd W. Clutter, 60, of St. Petersburg, was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

SPRING HILL

Teenager stabs mom's boyfriend, deputies say

A 17-year-old boy stabbed and killed his mother's boyfriend in an argument Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The teen, who lives with his mother and her boyfriend at 10036 Hayes St., at first fled the house after arguing with the man, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's office.

When he returned around 3:20 p.m., he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed David Floyd, 39, in the chest, deputies said.

Three children in the house, who witnessed the fight, weren't injured.

An ambulance took Floyd with life-threatening injuries to a hospital, where deputies said he died.

The teen, whose name was not released by authorities, faces a first-degree murder charge, deputies said.

LAKE MARY

Man shot dead during attempted robbery of ATV

Central Florida authorities say an attempted robbery during the sale of an all-terrain vehicle led to a shooting that left one man dead and another injured.

Seminole County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Heather Smith told the Orlando Sentinel that two men trying to sell the ATV through a Craigslist ad were confronted by two armed men Saturday afternoon at a Lake Mary apartment complex.

Smith said one of the men selling the ATV was armed as well and exchanged gunfire with the attackers. One attacker was killed. Smith said the other was shot several times but fled the scene on foot.

Deputies later found the man hiding in a nearby home. Additional information was not immediately available.

Times staff, wires

St. Petersburg man accused of fatal hit-and-run 12/09/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 10, 2012 12:29am]

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