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Driver fleeing scene of one crash, runs red light and causes fatal wreck, police say

Troopers say the 28-year-old driver was involved in two minor accidents before causing the crash that killed a Largo man.

PINELLAS PARK — A Seminole woman faces charges of vehicular homicide after leaving the scene of two minor accidents on Saturday before running a red light and crashing into another car, killing the driver.

According to Pinellas Park Police, Kanh Kim Nguyen, 53, died from his injuries Saturday morning after Katlynn M. Smith, crashed into the driver’s side door of his 2011 Lexus.

Smith also sustained serious injuries in the crash, which occurred about 10 a.m. at the corner of 66th Street and 70th Avenue near Pinellas Park Middle School. Smith was arrested at the scene and will remain in custody while recovering at a local hospital.

Katlynn Smith, 28, of Seminole, was arrested Saturday after a string of hit-and-run accidents.
Katlynn Smith, 28, of Seminole, was arrested Saturday after a string of hit-and-run accidents. [ Pinellas Park Police Department ]

Police said Smith caused another minor accident about 10 minutes earlier, near the intersection of Starkey and Bryan Dairy roads.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Smith was driving a 2011 Toyota Camry and attempted to overtake a Honda Accord in her path. The Camry pulled alongside the Accord as it tried to pass, but in the process the front of the vehicle collided with the right side of the Accord, troopers said.

Smith left the scene of that crash without stopping, the report said. But so did the driver of the Accord, 45-year-old Adam Frame.

Frame, of Largo, called police as he tailed Smith’s Camry in his Honda Accord, describing her reckless driving down Bryan Dairy Road, police said. The driver then told police he watched Smith hit another vehicle when she drove through a red light at the intersection of Bryan Dairy Road and Belcher Road.

That crash, too, caused minor damage and Smith continued driving through the intersection against the red light, police said. It was after she drove through another red light, at the intersection of 66th Street and 70th Avenue, that her vehicle fatally struck Nguyen.

No one else was injured in the crashes.


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