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Pinellas County family searching for answers in hit-and-run crash that killed their father

Posted at 5:52 AM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 16:45:48-05

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Family members of a Dunedin man are searching for answers in the hit-and-run crash that killed him nearly four months ago.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Tampa Road and St Petersburg Drive in Oldsmar on August 29, 2018, at 10:24 p.m.

According to investigators, a man was driving his 2010 Toyota Four Runner, westbound in the curb lane of Tampa Road approaching St Petersburg Drive, with a green traffic light.

Investigators say pedestrian Eric Feinstein, 64, was walking, crossing the intersection of Tampa Road and St Petersburg Drive when the Toyota Four Runner hit him in the intersection, near the right curb lane of Tampa Road and St. Petersburg Drive. Deputies say they still don't know if Feinstein was in a crosswalk.

Deputies say the driver told them he did not see Feinstein and was unable to avoid the collision.

Investigators say after Feinstein was struck by the Toyota Four Runner, Feinstein was immediately hit again by another vehicle who continued traveling west on Tampa Road. 

Deputies are investigating who the driver of the second vehicle is. No description of the second vehicle is available at this time.  

It is also unknown if the impact from the Toyota Four Runner caused the fatal injury to Feinstein.

Paramedics immediately responded to the scene and pronounced Feinstein dead.

Investigators said they do not believe speed or impairment were factors in the first crash.

Deputies are attempting to locate and identify the driver of the second vehicle who struck Feinstein, but as of now, have no answers as of December.

Now, Feinstein’s family is asking the public to please come forward if they have any additional information about the crash, think they may have seen something driving by that night or may know who the second driver is.

"It's been frustrating and it's been a devastating loss for the family,” said Erica Castro, Feinstein’s daughter. “But even for my kids, they still ask if the person has been found. and to not be able to give them those answers is tough."

Feinstein was an avid walker and biker who lived in Pinellas County for several years, family members said.

Currently, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating six open and unsolved hit-and-run cases.</p>
The family is asking anyone who has information on the case to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and reference case number #SO-18274742