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Troopers searching for driver involved in fatal hit-and-run crash in Dade City

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Apr 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-18 16:56:59-04

PASCO COUNTY, Fla — FHP troopers are looking for the suspect and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash in Dade City.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. at US-301 south of Desrosier Road in Dade City. A 49-year-old woman was walking along a grassy shoulder area of the road and was hit by a car.

The woman died from her injuries. The driver of the vehicle left the scene leaving the woman's body partially on US-301.

Troopers did find a piece of the vehicle that they believe was involved in the crash. They believe it's the front grill piece from a Dodge vehicle. Troopers said they also found numerous silver paint chips which they said indicate the wanted vehicle is a sedan or low-end Dodge type van.

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While investigating the crash involving the woman at about 5 a.m. a Chevy pickup truck ignored commands to stop by FHP Troopers and Pasco Deputies. The driver proceeded to run over the 49-year-old victim. Pursuit of the Chevy pickup led troopers to CR-788 and SR-471 in Webster. An FHP Sergeant conducted a PIT maneuver, the technique of bumping into a vehicle, and was able to stop the vehicle.

The driver of the Chevy pickup, Thomas Krummen, 23, was arrested and taken to Pasco County Jail. He was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, DUI, fleeing and eluding, destruction of evidence, driving while license revoked and false imprisonment of Krummen's two passengers.

We reached out to FHP and Sergeant Steve Gaskins said this is a good reminder “…not to drink and drive and seek ride-sharing opportunities at all times. When involved in a crash, stop, render aid and share information as required by Florida law."

As for the area, one resident said he's always on high alert.

“There's actually accidents that happen here all the time, specifically up on this hill and down the bottom is very high with heavy traffic flow and being that you're coming over the hill, incidents happen all the time," Luis Marquez, said.

Marquez told ABC Action News that's why he makes sure his family is hyper-vigilant.

"Especially right here because it's a big median right here. So a lot of people do try to use this for u-turns and all kinds of things and try to cross right here going down our driveway. And so we tend to be careful because if you pick up some speed, you can't stop moving up sometimes," Marquez said.

Troopers continue to look for any information about the initial hit and run crash. Anyone with information is urged to call *FHP and **TIPS.