A Clearwater woman is facing felony charges after police say she struck a motorcyclist and fled the area before they arrived.
Pinellas Park police say the 26-year-old woman was driving on U.S. 19 in the pre-dawn hours of May 12 when she struck a man who had just crashed his motorcycle near Bryan Dairy Road. Police say the 22-year-old man lost control of his Kawasaki motorcycle just prior to the event.
Initially police identified a trio of drivers who stopped to render aid to the motorcyclist – an individual who stopped to direct traffic, another who struck crash debris, and a third who inadvertently hit the motorcyclist himself. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, but it has not been determined whether the first crash or subsequent events caused his demise.
However, an investigation subsequently identified a fourth driver who allegedly hit the motorcyclist but did not stop. Police tracked down the fourth driver and arrested her on Monday. She was subsequently booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a single count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The New Jersey native continues to be held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
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