St. Pete police: Driver killed pedestrian, ran off

- St. Petersburg police are searching for a hit and run driver.

Investigators say the person behind the wheel ran down 30-year-old Jeron Davis before abandoning the car. It happened Monday afternoon on MLK Boulevard and 22nd Avenue South.

Police say Davis was walking down the sidewalk when the silver Chrysler 300 plowed right into him.

"They heard the boom and she said 'oh, I wonder, did he hit something,'" said Connie Campbell, who knew Davis. "When they got up here, they saw the car and they saw him lying over there."

St. Petersburg Police Spoksperson Yolanda Fernandez said, "From what we can tell, the car hit him and then it went through an iron fence, went through a ditch next to Walgreens, tried to come up and leave the parking lot and it got stuck on the curb. At that point, he just abandoned the car and took off running."

Davis died at the scene. With no driver in sight, family and friends questioned whether it was an accident or something else. Homicide investigators shut down the intersection for about six hours looking for that answer.

"We definitely know it was a hit and run," Fernandez said. "He hit this man. He killed him and then, he left the scene. We know that. As far as motives and what happened, if it was accidental or what, those are all things we are exploring right now."

Family and friends held each other tightly as police broke the news.

"If the police don't catch them, someone will. They'll get caught. I know that for sure," said Davis' girlfriend, Morgan Sky.

Those close to Jeron say he went by the nickname "Peanut" and his twin brother went by "Pecan." He attended Northeast High School, liked playing basketball and always had something funny to say.

Now, they're begging whoever took Jeron's life to own up to it and turn themselves in.

"Someone knows, someone saw it and someone knows and God sees everything," Sky said.

Police have spoken to the owner of the silver car, who apparently was not in the car at the time of the crash. They told police the driver who hit Jeron Davis did have permission to use it. It wasn't stolen. With that information, it is a matter of time before police make an arrest.

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