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Driver accused in St. Pete hit-and-run crash faces vehicular homicide charge

Police said Randy Peterson Jr. was “driving recklessly” before hitting a man crossing 34th Street N last week.
Randy Peterson Jr. faces charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death in connection to a hit-and-run crash that happened May 16 on 34th Street in St. Petersburg.
Randy Peterson Jr. faces charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death in connection to a hit-and-run crash that happened May 16 on 34th Street in St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department ]
Published May 23|Updated May 23

ST. PETERSBURG — A man arrested in connection to a fatal hit-and-run last week now faces an additional charge of vehicular homicide, police said.

Randy Peterson Jr., 27, hit and killed a pedestrian while driving a Ford Mustang on 34th Street N on May 16, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department. The pedestrian, 52-year-old Alija Boskovic, was crossing the street at the intersection with 32nd Avenue N. Boskovic died at the scene.

Peterson tried to flee but was detained by bystanders until police arrived, officers said. He was initially arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

The vehicular homicide charge was added Monday after investigators determined that Peterson was “driving recklessly” and weaving through traffic, police said.

Peterson was being held Monday at the Pinellas County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

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