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Location: 1st Avenue North and 3rd Street North
At 11:30 p.m., December 15, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Cameron Ray Baxley (07/23/1993, 202 24th Avenue SW, Ruskin) was northbound on 3rd Street North, turning west onto 1st Avenue North. Two pedestrians, Malcolme Sydney John Tunstall (12/22/1993) of St Petersburg, and Alexis Michele Scognamiglio (12/11/1995), of St Petersburg, were crossing 1st Avenue North, from south to north, in a marked crosswalk.
The Jeep Wrangler failed to yield to the pedestrians in the crosswalk and struck both pedestrians. Baxley then fled the scene in his vehicle, however, was later stopped by St Petersburg Police Officers several blocks away. Tunstall sustained life threatening injuries whereas, Scognamiglio obtained minor injuries. Both pedestrians were transported to Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg.
Baxley was arrested and charged with DUI Serious Bodily Injury and Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injuries, The investigation is continuing.