Pedestrian Hit & Run in Hyde Park
On 8/15/15 at 0017 hrs in Hyde Park a 2015 Nissan Altima FL Tag B5DBA driven by defendant Jeffrey A. Guagliardo 4/21/77 was traveling eastbound on W. Platt St. At the intersection of W. Platt St / S. Melville Ave the Nissan was involved in a crash involving two other vehicles, a Honda Civic FL Tag 279-4JN, and a Maserati Quattraparte FL Tag X4ZQ. No injuries were sustained by the drivers of these vehicles. The Nissan Altima then fled the scene, eastbound from this location at a high rate of speed and stuck the victim, Jarron A. Watkins, who was walking across W. Platt St from the south side of the street to the north side of the street in front of the Hyde Park Cafe. Victim Watkins was thrown several feet into the air and fell onto the roadway. The Nissan Altima did not stop and continued eastbound on W. Platt St. An eyewitness followed the Nissan Altima and observed it stop just north of W. Platt St on N. Rome Ave. Several units responded to the scene and upon arrival found the victim to be unresponsive. TFR # responded and transported the victim to Tampa General Hospital as a trauma alert. TPD units located the defendant, Guagliardo, and his vehicle and he was positively identified by an eyewitness as the person driving the Nissan Altima involved in the crash. Subsequent to a DUI investigation the defendant was arrested for DUI along with leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury. CST responded and processed the scene. As of this writing the victim is listed in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital.