A Land 'O Lakes man is facing manslaughter charges after Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies say he struck and killed two pedestrians while driving drunk in Treasure Island.
Deputies say Aleem Reezan Temon Hamid was driving his Ford Explorer along 118th Avenue just prior to dusk on June 2 when, while driving in the road's median lane, he allegedly struck Beverly J. Gran, and Nicholas Michael DeSanta, both of whom were attempting to cross the street on foot at the time.
Per investigators, Hamid failed to stop upon striking the couple, continuing on to Park Place and 105th Avenue. When officers from the Treasure Island Police caught up with him, they say he was sitting behind the wheel, appeared to be impaired, and was not cooperative when they interacted with him.
As the 38-year-old Hamid was being arrested, Gran and DeSanta were being attended to by paramedics. Though they were transported to a nearby hospital by paramedics, the injuries to Gran, 80, and DeSanta, 74, were grievous and soon proved mortal.
Hamid was booked into the Pinellas County Jail early the next morning on two counts of leaving the scene of a fatal wreck, two counts DUI manslaughter, and one count of refusal to submit to blood testing. He's currently being held in lieu of a bond of $200,150. According to media reports, Hamid pled guilty to charges of a habitual offender as a result of driving without a license in 2003 and pled no contest to a reckless driving charge two years ago after an arrest for DUI.
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