Traffic Crash involving a fatality 10-19-19

Michael L. Haworth, Chief of Police
Pinellas Park Police Department
7700 59th Street N. Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 

Contact: Sergeant John Shea Special Operations
o- 727-369-7840 c- 727-542-4979 

Title: Traffic Crash involving a fatality Case Number: 2019-81529
When: October 19, 2019
Where: 66th St (SR693) at 70th Ave. 

Arrested: Katlynn M Smith, W/F, 28 Seminole 

Charges- Vehicular Homicide, Hit and Run with property damage (Crash at Belcher Rd / Bryan Dairy Rd) Deceased: Kanh Kim Nguyen, A/M, 53, Largo- Next of kind notified 

Vehicle One (Suspect): Toyota 2011- Camry 

Vehicle Two (Victim): Lexus 2011- IS 250 

On 10/19/2019 at approximately 10:10 AM, our agency received a phone call in regards to a vehicle involved in two separate crashes within Pinellas County. While officer were attempting to locate the vehicle, the suspect ran a red light at the intersection of 66th St and 70th Ave causing a fatal crash. Through investigation, it was learned Katlynn M. Smith was involved in a crash near Starkey Rd and Bryan Dairy Rd. where she fled the scene without stopping. The victim vehicle of this crash followed Smith who drove recklessly along Bryan Dairy Rd. At the intersection of Bryan Dairy Rd and Belcher Rd, Smith struck a vehicle stopped for the red light at the intersection. Smith continued to drive through the intersection against the red signal. Neither of these crashes resulted in any injuries. The victim from the initial crash contacted our dispatch center advising us of the reckless driving of Smith. Smith drove through the red light at 66th St and 70th Ave crashing into the driver side door of the vehicle being operated by Kanh Nguyen. As a result of the crash, Nguyen died from the injuries sustained. Katlynn Smith suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. She remains in custody while recovering at a local hospital. The investigation is still active. 

Released by: Sergeant John Shea C-727-542-4979 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 

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