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St. Petersburg police want to speak with man about deadly hit-and-run crash

Police believe Keith E. White may have information about the crash and/or be a person of interest in the case.
Police are looking for Keith E. White Jr., 38, and a red 2005 Hyundai Accent with rear passenger-side damage that may have been involved in a hit-and-run crash. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
Police are looking for Keith E. White Jr., 38, and a red 2005 Hyundai Accent with rear passenger-side damage that may have been involved in a hit-and-run crash. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
Published Feb. 12

St. Petersburg police want to speak with a man they say might have information about Saturday’s hit-and-run crash that left a motorcyclist dead.

Investigators are looking for Keith E. White Jr., 38, and a red 2005 Hyundai Accent with rear passenger-side damage that may have been involved in last Saturday’s crash. The car has a Florida tag with this license plate: IC16BP.

Police say they believe the car was the one that left the scene of a crash Saturday around 7:40 p.m.

Related: St. Petersburg police release video from fatal hit-and-run crash

Brendan Markeith Hawkins, on a 2017 Suzuki motorcycle, was traveling east on 5th Avenue S around 7:40 p.m. He was going above the speed limit, police said.

The Hyundai was driving west on 5th Avenue South and turned left into the path of the motorcycle, according to police.

The motorcycle struck the back righthand side of the car and slid on 5th Avenue S. Hawkins was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, police said.

He was transported to Bayfront Health, where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the Hyundai left the scene of the crash.

Police are looking for Keith E. White Jr., 38, and a red 2005 Hyundai Accent with rear passenger-side damage that may have been involved in a hit-and-run crash. [St. Petersburg Police Department]

The car has damage to the rear bumper and is missing a right tail light.

Investigators want to speak with White because they believe he may have information about the crash and/or be a person of interest in the case.

Police ask that anyone with information about the crash call (727) 893-7780 or send an anonymous tip by texting “SPPD” and the tip to TIP-411.

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