St. Pete police searching for suspect who hit, killed Navy veteran in wheelchair

Pinellas County

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – St. Petersburg police are currently searching for a hit-and-run suspect that allegedly killed a Navy veteran in a wheelchair.

A release from the St. Petersburg Police Department says a man in a wheelchair, later identified as 79-year-old Navy veteran Marcelo Benedicto, was hit by a vehicle around 7:15 p.m. Sunday in the 2100 block of 5th Avenue N.

According to police, the vehicle involved in the crash fled from the scene. Benedicto was pronounced dead by first responders at the crash site.

Officers say Benedicto lived a few blocks away from the scene.

5th Avenue was closed in all directions from the I-275 ramp to 24th Street for several hours as officers investigated, but has since reopened.

Police have not released any information about what the car looks like. If you know anything about the driver’s whereabouts, call the police.

No other information has been released at this time. Please check back for the latest updates.

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