Police Arrest Fatal Hit & Run Suspect

TITLE: Police Arrest Fatal Hit and Run Suspect

WHEN:

Initial Crash - October 14th, 2021, at 2:45 AM
Arrest - January 3rd, 2022 at 12:15 PM

WHERE: 62nd Ave N at 55th St N

WHO:

ARRESTED - Eric Lavghun Dennis B/M 8/30/1991 from St. Petersburg

Deceased - Kelly Riley 34 YOA W/F from Largo

Injured - Gail Hall 39 YOA W/M from Pinellas Park

WHAT: Investigators have identified and arrested Eric Dennis for involvement
in a fatal hit and run crash resulting in one death and leaving another victim
with severe injuries.  On October 14th, 2021, at approximately 2:45 AM, a
crash occurred at 62nd Ave and 55th St N involving a motor vehicle and a
motorcycle.  The collision ended when the motor vehicle crashed into Our Lady
of Good Hope Church, located at 5501 62nd Ave.

Through various investigative means, investigators determined Eric Dennis was
operating a 2020 Chevrolet Camaro at a high rate of speed along 62nd Ave.  As
a result, Eric Dennis crashed into the rear of a motorcycle driven by Gail
Hall with a passenger, Kelly Riley.  As a result of the collision, both Gail
Hall and Kelly Riley were ejected from the motorcycle.  The Camaro continued
to travel and crashed through the front of Our Lady of Good Hope Church,
causing significant damage.  Kelly Riley was pronounced deceased at a local
hospital, and Gail Hall received severe injuries from the crash.

Eric Dennis fled the crash scene without notifying law enforcement and
rendering aid to Kelly Riley or Gail Hall.  After an extensive investigation,
investigators established probable cause to take Eric Dennis into custody.  On
January 3rd, 2022, Eric Dennis turned himself in to the Pinellas Park Police
Department investigators.  Eric Dennis was taken into custody and transported
to the Pinellas County Jail, where he was booked for the following:

Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Death
Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Serious Bodily Injury
Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Property Damage X2
Vehicular Homicide Leaving the Scene
Reckless Driving with Serious Bodily Injury
Reckless Driving with Property Damage or Injury

A booking photograph of Eric Dennis has been attached to this release. 


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: Police Investigate Fatal Hit and Run Crash

WHEN: October 14th, 2021, at approximately 2:45 AM

WHERE: 62nd Ave N at 55th St N

WHAT: The Pinellas Park Police Department responded to a crash located at 62nd
Ave N and 55th St.  Once on scene, officers found a male and a female with
life-threatening injuries resulting from the collision.  Both individuals were
taken to a local hospital, where the female was pronounced deceased.  The male
is listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The crash involved a motorcycle and a red Chevrolet Camaro.  After the initial
collision with the motorcycle, the red Camaro struck the church building of
Our Lady of Good Hope, located at 5501 62nd Ave.  The building sustained
damage, but no one was inside the building at the time of the crash.

The driver of the red Chevrolet Camaro fled the scene before the arrival of
law enforcement.  If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are
encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers (1-800-973-TIPS) or the Pinellas Park
Police Department (727-369-7864).

TRAFFIC ALERT- 62nd Ave is closed between 53rd St and 58th St.  Please seek an
alternate route.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

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For more information contact:
Pinellas Park Police Department
Public Information Office
pio@pinellas-park.com