St. Pete Police: Hit and Run Not a Hit and Run
The crash killed a homeless man, St. Petersburg police say.
ST. PETERSBURG – After further investigation, St. Petersburg police say that a crash that was thought to be a hit and run was not a hit and run.
Richard Allan Palmer, 56, died of injuries he received in the crash. Police said he was homeless.
The crash happened about 10:37 p.m. Monday (Jan. 9). An eyewitness reported that he saw a man was sitting in the northbound lane next to the median near the double yellow lines in the 3500 block of 49th Street N. As the eyewitness slowed to block the roadway, he said he saw an SUV strike Mr. Palmer. The SUV slowed, then sped off, the witness said. While the witness was on the phone with 911, a second northbound vehicle, a 2014 Chevrolet driven by Alma Moulton struck Mr. Palmer.
However, officers said that, after carefully analyzing all the evidence, including video from surveillance cameras in the area, they were able to determine that the SUV swerved, but never hit the Mr. Palmer. It was the second driver who hit him, officers said. There was no hit and run.
Officers said Moulton will not face criminal charges.
For information about the St. Petersburg police, go to police.stpete.org.
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