St. Pete man charged in hit-and-run death
A St. Petersburg man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a homeless man Saturday, according to the Pinellas Park police. Scott Alan Benedict, 48, a transient, was struck and killed Saturday night while trying to cross U.S. Hwy. 19 near Mainlands Boulevard, police said. He was either walking or pushing his bicycle. Benedict died at the scene. The suspect vehicle fled the scene, but witnesses described it as an early to mid-2000s white Ford Explorer SUV, police said. Investigators this morning developed information that led to the arrest of Nicholas Kachmar of St. Petersburg, who is believed to have been driving a vehicle that matches the description from witnesses. Investigators found damage on his SUV consistent with evidence from the crash scene, police said.Kachmar, 55, 10694 Snug Harbor Road N.E., St. Petersburg, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death and booked into the Pinellas County Jail.