St. Pete Police looking for driver involved in fatal hit and run

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. - A woman, who was walking across 28th Street Friday night in Saint Petersburg, is dead after being hit by a car and left to die.

Police say Phelelestine Smith, 49, was struck by a car after the driver failed to yield to her as she crossed between 4th and 5th Avenue South. The impact threw Smith onto the car and then onto the pavement.

The suspect vehicle reportedly stopped briefly before speeding off toward 4th Avenue South.

Smith was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. She died just after 10 p.m. surrounded by her daughters at the hospital.

Sat. Pete police are looking for small mid-sized four door sedan, possibly silver in color. They believe there is damage to the front end of the car, the hood and the windshield from the impact.

Anyone with information is asked to call 727-893-7780.


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