Driver Crashes Moving Truck into St. Pete Beach Hotel
He fled after the crash, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
ST. PETE BEACH – A Sarasota man is accused of crashing a moving truck into a hotel and then fleeing the scene, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Edgar A. Hidalgo, 32, of Sarasota, was charged with one count each of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, driving under the influence, and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).
The crash happened about 12:49 this morning (Oct. 13) at the Hotel Zamora, 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Hidalgo was arrested about 2:15 a.m.
Deputies were called to the Hotel Zamora for a report of a U-Haul moving truck that struck the building and fled the scene. When deputies arrived there was substantial structure damage to the parking garage drop ceiling at the hotel. Witnesses gave deputies a description of the truck.
Shortly afterward, deputies stopped a 10-foot U-Haul truck with roof damage, driving north on Gulf Winds Drive at 64th Avenue in St. Pete Beach. Deputies said Hidalgo was driving the truck.
Deputies said Hidalgo and he admitted crashing the truck. They said he told them he had gone to a party at Hotel Zamora. After the party, Hidalgo was driving a passenger to her car in the parking garage when he stuck the parking garage drop ceiling with the roof of the U-Haul truck. Hidalgo said he fled and hid the truck in the area until deputies left the area.
Hidalgo told deputies he was planning to move to Miami this morning.
For information about the Pinellas sheriff, go to pcsoweb.com.
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