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St. Pete driver gets 15 years in fatal crash

CLEARWATER — A St. Petersburg man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run accident that eventually claimed the life of the other motorist, an 88-year-old man.

Lenoris Leaks, 29, had pleaded guilty to six charges filed following the wreck — leaving the scene of a crash involving death; fleeing and eluding; vehicular homicide; possession of cocaine; driving with a suspended or revoked license; and battery on a law enforcement officer, according to Assistant State Attorney Della Connolly.

On Sept. 5, 2011, just before midnight, Leaks was at the wheel of a Ford Mustang when a St. Petersburg police officer tried pulling him over in the 2300 block of 35th Street North after seeing the Mustang swerve to avoid speed bumps, according to a St. Petersburg police report.

Leaks bolted southward, with the Mustang running a stop sign and crashing into a Toyota Camry driven by Edward Guzenski at 22nd Avenue North, the report states. Leaks bailed out of the Mustang and ran.

Guzenski suffererd a fractured neck, fractured ribs, a fractured pelvis and a spleen injury, and died on Jan. 18, 2012, about four months after the wreck.

Leaks was identified as the driver after it was discovered the car’s registered owner was a family member. He had left his DNA on the driver’s side airbag before he bolted.

A charge of battery on a law enforcement agent was filed after Leaks struck an officer when he was arrested.

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