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Hit and run driver arrested following crash with serious injuries in Clearwater

Clearwater Police are investigating a hit and run crash with serious injuries. The crash occurred at approximately 3:39 p.m. on Friday, January 1, 2021 at Eldridge Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The injured victim, an adult male, was flown in AirLife 3 to a local trauma center.

Airlife 3 landing nearby to transport man injured in hit and run crash
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The man who was seriously injured was riding a three-wheel motorcycle.

The driver that fled, 36 year-old Darrell Thomas was located after he parked the car in the 1100 block of Drew Street after leaving the scene of the crash.

According to the arrest affidavit, Thomas showed several signs of impairment including bloodshot watery glassy eyes, slurred speech, and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He consented to a blood draw for toxicology studies and admitted to drinking about 10 shots of vodka and smoked marijuana for New Years.

He has been charged with DUI with injuries, leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries and driving with a license suspended or revoked.

Damaged vehicle following hit and run crash. Photo courtesy of Clearwater Police

He is being booked in to the Pinellas County Jail this evening. The victim is undergoing treatment at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police asked citizens to avoid the intersection of Eldridge Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.


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