DADE CITY, Fla. - A Dade City woman is dead and a suspected drunk driver is behind bars, but the initial driver who hit the woman is still at large. Troopers say the suspected drunk driver drove through the hit-and-run crash scene while they were investigating, starting a pursuit and ending with a PIT maneuver.
Troopers were first called out to U.S. Highway 301 near Desrosier Road in Dade City around 3:30 Sunday morning to investigate the initial hit-and-run crash.
When they got there, they found the body of a 49-year-old Dade City woman. Troopers say she was walking in the grass along the shoulder when the suspect vehicle, traveling northbound, hit a sign and then struck the woman. FHP troopers said it was either a silver Dodge vehicle, either sedan or a low front-end Dodge-type van.
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Then about an hour and a half later, troopers say a pick-up truck being driven by 23-year-old Andrew Krummen failed to stop and drove through the crash scene striking the body. FHP says he nearly hit two deputies, before leading them on a chase. It lasted about ten minutes before an FHP sergeant performed a PIT maneuver to stop the truck.
Krummen was arrested and taken into custody. He now faces a slew of charges including aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, destruction of evidence, reckless driving, DUI, and fleeing and eluding among other charges. FHP says there were also two passengers in his pick-up – a 33-year-old Brooksville man and a 35-year-old Dade City woman.
Troopers say they were trying to flag law enforcement down to get out of the truck, but say Krummen didn't let them, so he's also being charged with false imprisonment.
As for the initial driver who struck the woman, troopers are still searching for them. They believe the driver was in a silver or white sedan.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at 813-558-1800.