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Speeding driver charged with homicide in Tarpon Springs traffic death, records show

The data recorder on the Lexus he was driving showed he was going nearly 76 mph in a 45-mph zone when the fatal crash occurred, a warrant states.
Peter Ioannidis was arrested Sunday on a felony vehicular homicide charge.
Peter Ioannidis was arrested Sunday on a felony vehicular homicide charge. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Apr. 27
Updated Apr. 27

A 30-year-old Palm Harbor man has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a traffic death in Tarpon Springs last year.

Peter Ioannidis was arrested Sunday on the felony charge. He was released Monday on $100,000 bail, according to court records.

Tarpon Springs police obtained a warrant for Ioannidis’ arrest on April 1 in connection with a Feb. 4, 2020, crash that killed Alejandro Romero. The crash occurred at Tarpon and South Highland avenues, according to the warrant.

Ioannidis was driving a blue 2011 Lexus that day when he hit the driver’s side door of a maroon Volkswagen Jetta driven by Romero, who was taken in critical condition to a hospital. Romero died on Feb. 26, 2020, the warrant states.

Tarpon Springs police determined that Ioannidis was driving east on Tarpon Avenue toward South Highland as Romero was on South Highland at a stop sign waiting to make a left turn to go west on Tarpon Avenue. As Romero tried to make the turn, the Lexus struck the Jetta on the driver’s side, the warrant states.

Police said several witnesses told them the driver of the Lexus was going anywhere from 65 to 80 mph. One witness said he was going at a “ridiculously rapid speed,” the warrant states.

The speed limit in that area is 45 mph, police said.

Police obtained a search warrant for the Lexus’ data module, which showed its speed at the time of the crash was 75.8 mph, the warrant states.