Skateboarder dead in Clearwater hit-and-run crash; police searching for driver

A Largo man was killed while skateboarding during the early-morning hours in Clearwater after he was struck by a vehicle. Now, police are searching for the driver who fled from the crash scene. 

The crash happened just before 2 a.m. Thursday in the eastbound lanes of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard near Keene Road. Investigators said a 2010 Toyota Sierra was traveling east when the driver crashed into 26-year-old Tyler Deremo, who lives in Largo.

Police said Deremo was also traveling east in the traffic lanes when the crash occurred. He was taken to Morton Plant Hospital where he passed away.

According to the police department, witnesses told officers that the driver never hit the brakes. The damaged Toyota was found abandoned in the 2100 block of Cleveland Street, which is about three miles west of the crash scene.

Clearwater police shared this photo of the damaged vehicle.

Officers said they know the identity of the vehicle's owner, but did not publicly release the name. They said they are searching for the driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Clearwater Police Department at 727-562-4242.