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FHP arrests St. Petersburg driver wanted in pedestrian death

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities on Wednesday arrested the St. Petersburg woman they say fatally ran down a pedestrian and then drove away last month.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Kimberly Denise Brunson, 49, was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier north on 28th Street N at about 11:25 p.m. on Aug. 23.

A pedestrian, Catherine Scott Strazdins of St. Petersburg, was walking in the intersection at 41st Avenue N when she was struck by the Checy, according to FHP. Troopers said Brunson then drove away.

Strazdins later died of her injuries, the FHP said. She was 35.

FHP investigators asked the public for help in identifying the car and drive. A Crime Stoppers tip then led investigators to the Cavalier, parked at a St. Petersburg hotel.

They seized the car, and investigators said Aug. 29 that they were "communicating with a person of interest."

Brunson's arrest was announced Wednesday. She faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. Troopers said she was booked to the Pinellas County jail where she was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail on Wednesday.

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