Traffic Homicide Investigation 5-20-20

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TITLE: Serious Bodily Injury Hit and Run Crash

WHEN: May 15th, 2020 at 2050

WHERE: US Highway 19 N / 78th Ave

WHO:

Vehicle Driver: Timothy Manzi W/M 50 YOA of St. Petersburg

Bicyclist: John Turley W/M 60 YOA- Transient

WHAT: On 5/15/2020, at approximately 2050 hours, officers responded to a crash
involving serious injuries to a bicyclist in the 7600 Blk of southbound US
Highway 19 N.  It was reported that the vehicle which struck the bicyclist had
fled and was being followed by witnesses.  Officers were able to quickly
locate and stop the fleeing vehicle a distance away from the crash scene.

Through investigation, it was determined that the bicyclist, John Turley, was
riding across US 19 attempting to cross the roadway.  While crossing, a
vehicle determined to be driven by Timothy Manzi, struck Turley causing
serious injury.  Manzi failed to remain on scene after the crash and was
located by responding officers and taken into custody.  Turley was transported
to a local hospital in serious, but stable condition. Manzi and his two
passengers did not suffer any injuries as a result of the crash.

Timothy Manzi has been arrested for leaving the scene of a crash involving
serious bodily injury and driving on a suspended license.  It is believed
alcohol was a factor in this crash and charges are pending against John Turley
for DUI.

No further information is expected to be released.

Booking photograph attached.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

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- 727-369-7830
jshea@pinellas-park.com

TITLE: Serious Crash Investigation
WHEN: May 15th, 2020 at 2050
WHERE: US Highway 19 N and 78th Ave.  (Southbound lanes)

WHAT: At approximately 2050, officers responded to the area of US Highway 19 N
and 78th Ave for a crash involving a vehicle and a bicycle.  The injuries
sustained by the bicyclist are serious and the investigation is active at this
time.

This investigation will continue through the night and further information
will be released in the morning.  There will be no further updates until the
conclusion of this investigation by officers on scene.

TRAFFIC ALERT- The southbound lanes of US Highway 19 are currently limited to
one lane of travel.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea
 

Sergeant John Shea
Pinellas Park Police Department
Records Section Supervisor  Communications: 727-369-7864Desk: 727-369-7830
Fax: 727-369-7819

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Below is the initial media release sent out regarding the crash at US Highway 19 and 78th Ave.  An updated release will be sent out in the morning upon the completion of the investigation.  

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- 727-369-7830
jshea@pinellas-park.com

TITLE: Serious Crash Investigation
WHEN: May 15th, 2020 at 2050
WHERE: US Highway 19 N and 78th Ave.  (Southbound lanes)

WHAT: At approximately 2050, officers responded to the area of US Highway 19 N and 78th Ave for a crash involving a vehicle and a bicycle.  The injuries sustained by the bicyclist are serious and the investigation is active at this time.

This investigation will continue through the night and further information will be released in the morning.  There will be no further updates until the conclusion of this investigation by officers on scene.

TRAFFIC ALERT- The southbound lanes of US Highway 19 are currently limited to one lane of travel.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea