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Deputies: Driver flees on foot after crash in St. Pete

By staff
Published: July 2, 2014

Pinellas County deputies said they are looking for the driver of a car who raced away from an attempted traffic stop into the path of another car, injuring two people.

The cars collided just before 8 p.m. Tuesday at 25th Avenue and 28th Street North in St. Petersburg, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputy Mitchell Grissinger was on routine patrol near the intersection when he initiated the traffic stop on a 2014 Toyota Camry. The deputy’s lights and siren were activated, but the Camry driver failed to stop, the sheriff’s office said.

The Camry drove through a stop sign at the intersection, where it was struck by a 2005 Nissan Sentra, the sheriff’s office said. The Camry came to rest in the front yard of a nearby residence and the driver fled the scene on foot.

A passenger in the Camry, 21-year-old Raychell Ann Godfrey, of St. Petersburg, and the driver of the Nissan, a 44-year-old St. Petersburg woman, were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Camry’s driver was described by deputies as black, 20 to 30 years old and about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build. He has short hair and was wearing multi-colored shorts, but no shirt or shoes.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (727) 582-6200. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) online at