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Driver arrested in hit-and-run death of Pinellas Park man in wheelchair

Derek Dious, 26, of Plant City, faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death after striking Gary Boisvert, 63, on Oct. 6, police said.
Derek Dious, 26, faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death in a hit-and-run death Oct. 6.
Derek Dious, 26, faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death in a hit-and-run death Oct. 6. [ Pinellas Park Police Department ]
Published Oct. 18
Updated Oct. 18

PINELLAS PARK — A Plant City man wanted in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian Oct. 6 turned himself in to police Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Derek Dious, 26, faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death after striking Gary Boisvert, 63, of Pinellas Park, as Boisvert crossed an intersection in a wheelchair, Pinellas Park police said.

The crash occurred around 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at U.S. 19 and Mainlands Boulevard.

Boisvert was crossing U.S. 19 in the crosswalk but against the “Do Not Walk” signal when a 2018 Jeep Compass headed south on the highway accelerated while approaching a yellow light, police said.

The driver hit Boisvert and fled. Boisvert was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Police later identified Dious as the driver of the Jeep.