Deputies arrest driver for DUI manslaughter after hitting two pedestrians in Treasure Island

Posted at 7:06 AM, Jun 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 05:36:15-04

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. -- Two pedestrians died and a driver is charged with DUI manslaughter after a hit-and-run accident on Saturday night in Treasure Island.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 74-year-old Nicholas Michael Desanta and 81-year-old and Beverly J. Gran were attempting to cross Gulf Boulevard from west to east around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday when they were hit by a 2014 Ford Explorer driven by 38-year-old Aleem Reezan Temon Hamid of Land O'Lakes.

Deputies say both Desanta and Gran suffered critical injuries in the crash. Paramedics took both victims to a hospital where they were later pronounced dead. The two share an address in Sebring, but authorities are unsure of their relationship.

Hamid drove away from the crash scene in the SUV. He was later located about a mile from the scene at 1 Park Place and arrested on the following charges: two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of leaving the scene with death and refusal to submit to a lawful test of breath, urine and blood.

Hamid showed signs of impairment, and refused to cooperate with authorities.

He is being held on $200,150 bail at the Pinellas County Jail.