CLEARWATER — A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday on charges that he ran a red light on Feb. 1, causing a deadly crash that killed three people on U.S. 19, then fled, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Tanner Donald Hackman faces charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash involving death.
The crash took place at about 11:37 p.m. on U.S. 19, near the intersection of Tampa Road.
Hackman was driving a 2013 Buick Lacrosse south in the center lane of U.S. 19, approaching the intersection of Tampa Road with an unnamed passenger.
Approaching in the opposite direction was a northbound 2010 Nissan Versa driven by Bruce E. Johnson, 65, of Clearwater. He had two passengers, Lisa M. Johnson, 49, and Glenworth M. Johnson, 18.
Bruce Johnson stopped in the left turn lane at the intersection of Tampa Road, troopers said, then when the light turned green he made a U-turn onto southbound U.S. 19.
That’s when Hackman drove through the red light and crashed into the rear of the Versa, troopers said.
The 65-year-old driver and 18-year-old passenger were thrown from the vehicle. The 49-year-old woman was “partially ejected,” according to the Highway Patrol.
All three were pronounced dead at the scene. No one in the Versa was wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash.
Hackman and his passenger ran from the crash scene, troopers said. Witnesses were able to describe them.
The Highway Patrol did not disclose any details of the investigation. Troopers went to Hackman’s house at 1579 Linwood Drive on Friday and arrested him. He was booked into the Pinellas County jail, but his bail amount was not available.
correction: A previous version of this story stated that no one in the Buick was wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash. The story has been updated to reflect that no one in the Versa was wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash.