Fatal Hit and Run Crash

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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

TITLE: Pinellas Park Police Investigate Fatal Hit and Run Crash

WHEN: October 6, 2021, at approximately 8:00 PM

WHERE: US Highway 19 N at Mainlands Blvd

WHO: Deceased Pedestrian - Gary Boisvert, 63 YOA, Male from Pinellas Park

WHAT: At approximately 8:00 PM, officers responded to US Highway 19 N and Mainlands Blvd for a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian.  Once on scene, officers located a male subject, Gary Boisvert, with life-threatening injuries and he was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased.

The vehicle involved left the scene before the arrival of emergency personnel and has not been located.  The vehicle is described as a white compact sedan or hatchback with heavy front-end damage.

Investigators determined Gary Boisvert was crossing US Highway 19 N in the crosswalk against the "Do Not Walk" signal. At the time, Gary Boisvert was traveling in a wheelchair under his power.  The suspect vehicle was traveling south on US Highway 19 and increased its speed as they approached a yellow light at the intersection.  The suspect vehicle struck Gary Boisvert and the wheelchair, then fleeing the scene without rendering any aid or notifying law enforcement.

Over the last week, the Pinellas Park Police Department has investigated two hit and run crashes involving serious injury or death.  As a reminder, we encourage anyone involved in a traffic accident to remain on the scene and immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement agency, required by Florida state statute.

The second crash being investigated occurred on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021, at approximately 7:00 AM at 34th St N and 62nd Ave.  The female pedestrian was crossing in the crosswalk located at the intersection when she was struck by a vehicle.   The pedestrian involved sustained life-threatening injuries and the vehicle fled the scene.  The suspect vehicle for this case was described as a gold car, possibly a Toyota.

We are asking the community to assist with identifying and locating the vehicles and drivers involved in both cases.  If you have any information for either crash, please contact Pinellas County Crime Stoppers (1-800-973-TIPS) or the Pinellas Park Police Department (727-369-7864).

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

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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

TITLE: Pinellas Park Police Investigate Fatal Hit and Run Crash

WHEN: October 6, 2021, at approximately 8:00 PM

WHERE: US Highway 19 N at Mainlands Blvd

WHAT: At approximately 8:00 PM, officers responded to the intersection of US

Highway 19 N and Mainlands Blvd for a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian.  Officers located a male pedestrian at the incident location with life-threatening injuries.  The male pedestrian was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The vehicle involved fled the scene before law enforcement's arrival and has been described as a white compact sedan or hatchback.  The suspect vehicle is believed to have sustained heavy front-end damage from the collision. Investigators are on scene and this investigation with continue throughout the night.  More information will be released tomorrow upon the conclusion of the initial investigation.

TRAFFIC ALERT- Southbound US Highway 19 N is closed at 49th St down to Mainlands Blvd.  Drivers are asked to seek an alternate route.  The roadway is expected to be closed for several hours.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

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For more information contact:

Pinellas Park Police Department

Public Information Office

727-369-5829

pio@pinellas-park.com