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St. Pete police seek driver after fatal crash

An 81-year-old man died Wednesday night after a crash with the driver of a rental car who fled on foot and hasn’t been located, the St. Petersburg Police Department said.

The 9:11 p.m. crash occurred at 15th Avenue South and 25th Street, police said.

Tomas Melendez was the passenger in a 1997 Toyota Camry, driven by his wife, 62-year-old Anna Melendez, when it was struck by the unidentified driver of a 2014 Nissan Altima.

Witnesses told police the driver was northbound on 25th Street South, and speeding in and out of traffic while approaching 15th Avenue South before running a stop sign.

The driver struck the right side of the Camry, which flipped onto the driver’s side and crashed into a chain-link fence, then ran from the scene northbound on foot.

Melendez, his wife and son Daniel Melendez, 24, who was in the back seat, were transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, police say. Tomas Melendez died there, while his wife and son were treated and released.

The Camry, with Florida tag CILN36, was rented to 27-year-old Keisha Williams of St. Petersburg. She was not driving and was not in the car at the time of the crash, police say. Police are still searching for the driver, described as a black male, 20-30 years old, with a beard.

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