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Teen arrested for leaving scene of crash that killed elderly driver in St. Petersburg

A driver was arrested after fatal hit and run crash in St. Petersburg. The crash occurred on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 10:09 p.m.

According to officers, a black 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by 17 year-old Deonte Bishop of St. Petersburg, was traveling northbound Dr. MLK Street South. A silver 2008 Dodge Charger, driven by 87 year-old Denry Gayle of St. Petersburg was traveling west from the stop sign at 30th Avenue South. As Gayle made his southbound turn at the intersection, Bishop collided with him, striking the driver’s side of the Dodge.

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Bishop fled the scene and was apprehended a short time later. Bishop has no valid driver’s license.

Deonte Bishop was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, and operating a motor vehicle without a license involving death.

Gayle was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg where he died from his injuries.

On Thursday, December 1st, 2022, 61 year-old Ricky Bishop, the father of the boy was charged with allowing an unlicensed person to drive his vehicle involving death. This is a misdemeanor charge and Bishop received a Notice to Appear.

This is the second time this month that a parent has been charged with allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle that was involved in a fatal crash.

The investigation is still on going.

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