PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A series of destructive events left a Dade City woman dead and another man arrested in a high-speed chase on US 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
FHP said it all began Sunday around 3:30 a.m. when a hit-and-run driver struck a 49-year-old Dade City woman as she walked along the highway’s grass shoulder.
Troopers said the driver’s vehicle left the highway for an unknown reason, hit a traffic sign, and then hit the woman, severing her body in half. The driver did not stop at the scene.
However, the chaos continued at 4:58 a.m. when a silver pickup drove through the area while Pasco County deputies and troopers were at the scene.
Late Sunday evening, Troopers said they located numerous silver paint chips at the initial crash site.
“We are leaning towards a silver Dodge vehicle, either sedan or low front end Dodge type van for the suspect vehicle involved in the initial hit and run,” troopers said in a news release.
The FHP said the driver, 23-year-old Andrew Thomas Krummen, ignored commands to stop and nearly hit two deputies. While driving through the crime scene, Krummen drove over the lower half of the victim in the previous collision.
Troopers chased Krummen for about 10 minutes until a trooper used a PIT maneuver to stop him at CR-788 and SR-471 in Webster.
Krummen was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, DUI, fleeing and eluding, destruction of evidence, driving while license revoked and false imprisonment of his passengers.
According to the FHP, the passengers, a 33-year-old Brooksville man and 35-year-old Dade City woman, were trying to flag troopers down and exit the vehicle.
The FHP said it is still looking for the driver in the first crash. If you know anything, you are asked to call FHP or Crime Stoppers at *FHP and **TIPS respectively.