Fatal Crash Investigation

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

Contact: Sergeant John Shea
Public Information Officer
O- 727-369-7830
JShea@pinellas-park.com

UPDATE:

The pedestrian from the fatal crash on May 7th at 12:25 AM at 66th St and 70th
Ave has been identified as 33-year-old Jesus Ramon Gutierrez- Hipolito from
St. Petersburg.

No other information will be released regarding this crash.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

TITLE: Fatal Traffic Crash Investigation

WHEN: May 7, 2021, at approximately 12:25 AM

WHERE: 6900 Blk 66th St N, Pinellas Park

WHO: Carly Christopher W/F, 23 YOA from St. Petersburg (Vehicle Driver)

WHAT: On May 7th, 2021, at approximately 12:25 AM, officers responded to a
crash in the 6900 Blk of 66th St involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.  The
pedestrian sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital
and pronounced deceased.

The vehicle involved was a 2016 Nissan Sentra, traveling north on 66th St in
the middle lane.  The driver, Carly Christopher, sustained no injuries as a
result of the crash.  Officers on scene observed signs of impairment and
completed a DUI investigation.  Carly was arrested for DUI and provided a
breath sample of .153 and .156.  At the time of the crash, the pedestrian was
crossing mid-block and outside of a crosswalk.

Carly has been transported to the Pinellas County Jail and was booked for DUI,
over .15.  The identity of the pedestrian is being withheld pending the
notification of the next of kin.

The investigation is still active and no other charges are expected.  No other
information is anticipated to be released regarding this incident.

TRAFFIC ALERT- All lanes of 66th St were reopened at approximately 5 AM.   

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

Previous Release

TITLE: Serious Crash Investigation

WHEN: May 7, 2021, at approximately 12:25 AM

WHERE: 6900 Blk 66th St N, Pinellas Park

WHAT: Officers are currently on scene of a crash investigation involving a
vehicle and a pedestrian in the 6900 Blk of 70th Ave. The pedestrian involved
in the incident has been transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

At this point, there is no other information readily available for release.
However, a follow-up release will be sent later this morning upon completion
of the investigation.

TRAFFIC ALERT- All northbound lanes of 66th St have been closed at 68th Ave N.
 The roadway is estimated to remain closed for several hours.

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For more information contact:

Pinellas Park Police Department
Public Information Office
727-369-5829
pio@pinellas-park.com