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Bystanders detain fleeing driver after fatal crash in St. Petersburg, police say

The driver police say is responsible for the crash was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death.
Randy Peterson Jr., 27, was arrested Monday night on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. St. Petersburg police say he struck a pedestrian in his Ford Mustang and tried to run away, but was stopped by witnesses and detained until police arrived.
Randy Peterson Jr., 27, was arrested Monday night on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. St. Petersburg police say he struck a pedestrian in his Ford Mustang and tried to run away, but was stopped by witnesses and detained until police arrived. [ St. Petersburg Police Department ]
Published May 17|Updated May 17

ST. PETERSBURG — A pedestrian was killed Monday night after he walked in front of a Ford Mustang at the intersection of 34th Street N and 32nd Avenue N, St. Petersburg, police say.

Alija Boskovic, 52, died at the scene, police said. He was trying to cross 34th Street N when he entered the Mustang’s path on the road’s center, northbound lane.

The intersection of 34th Street N at 32nd Avenue N, where St. Petersburg police say a man was struck and killed Monday night.
The intersection of 34th Street N at 32nd Avenue N, where St. Petersburg police say a man was struck and killed Monday night. [ Google Maps ]

The Mustang’s driver, 27-year-old Randy Peterson Jr., tried to run away from the scene but was detained by witnesses, police said. They held him until police arrived and took Peterson into custody on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death, according to police.

The intersection was closed from the time of the crash until early Tuesday morning, police said.

Peterson remained at the Pinellas County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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