Clearwater, FL (January 2, 2021) - The Clearwater Police Department responded to the scene of a hit-and-run accident on New Year's Day. The crash happened just before 4:00 p.m. on Eldrige Street near Pennsylvania Avenue.
According to officials, 36-year-old Darrell Thomas was driving a vehicle on Eldridge Street when he struck an unidentified man who was riding a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Thomas fled the scene following the accident but was later located. He has been charged with DUI with injuries, leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He was taken to jail following his arrest.
There is no further information available.
According to the most recent statistics, there were approximately 105,000 hit-and-run accidents in Florida in 2019. A Florida hit-and-run crash can, and often does, lead to serious injuries for victims. While motorists are legally required to remain at the scene of an injury crash, they do not always do so. Most drivers who flee an accident scene will do so knowing that their negligent actions have led to serious injuries.
We would like to extend our thoughts and best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery to the victim of this hit-and-run crash in Clearwater.
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