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Published Jul. 13, 2010


A suspect in Saturday's fatal hit-and-run death of a 74-year-old woman is in custody on unrelated charges, a police report shows. Byron F. Starling, 24, was arrested Sunday on charges including child abuse, throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle and sale of cocaine. He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on $43,000 bail. An arrest report says "this defendant is also a suspect in a hit and run fatality that happened downtown" at the time of the accident. The offenses Starling was charged with stemmed from incidents that occurred earlier. Police say that on July 2, Starling repeatedly threw an "auto part" into the window of a black 2004 Hyundai Sonata, causing the glass to break and cutting a child. Police identified the vehicle involved in Saturday's crash as a black 2004 Hyundai Sonata. In that fatality, at 490 First St. S, police say the driver ran a red light and caused a crash that struck Shirley A. Harris as she crossed the street.

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Woman hit, injured crossing Gulf Blvd.

A woman crossing Gulf Boulevard with a group of friends was hit by a car and suffered facial fractures Saturday night, authorities said. Rebecca Potter, 46, of Gulf Lane in Madeira Beach was taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Deputies said her injuries are not life-threatening. The accident happened about 9:45 p.m. just north of John's Pass Village. Potter was hit by a 2006 Ford Explorer driven by Robert Demery, 81, of Clearwater, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Potter was not in a crosswalk, deputies said. No charges have been filed.