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14-166 Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) Investigates Crash In St. Petersburg

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT)

Unknown Driver
Vehicle: 2014 Toyota Camry
Driver’s description: Black male between the ages of 20 and 30, approximately 5’7”, , medium build and short hair, last seen wearing no shirt or shoes and multi-colored shorts.

Raychell Ann Godfrey (Injured Passenger)
Address: 3048 19th Avenue S., St. Petersburg
DOB: 2/18/1993
Vehicle: 2014 Toyota Camry

Esther M. Eguiguren Ruiz (Injured Driver)
DOB: 2/10/1970
Address: 3101 33rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg
Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Sentra

Deputy Mitchell Grissinger
Hire date: 08/1999

Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) are investigating a crash in St. Petersburg.

The incident took place in the area of 25th Avenue North and 28th Street North in St. Petersburg.

The crash occurred on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at approximately 7:56 p.m.

Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) are investigating a crash that occurred in St. Petersburg last night.

At approximately 7:56 p.m. Deputy Mitchell Grissinger was on routine patrol when he began to initiate a traffic stop on a 2014 Toyota Camry in the area of 25th Avenue and 28th Street North in St. Petersburg. Deputy Grissinger activated his lights and siren and the driver of a 2014 Toyota Camry failed to stop the vehicle. The driver of the Toyota continued to drive through a stop sign when he was struck by an oncoming driver of a 2005 Nissan Sentra. The Toyota came to rest in the front yard of a nearby residence and the driver fled the scene on foot.

Both the passenger of the Toyota and the driver of the Nissan were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies were unable to locate the driver that fled. The driver is described as a black male, between the ages of 20 and 30, approximately 5’7” tall, medium build and short hair. He was last seen wearing multi-colored shorts, no shoes or shirt.

Anyone with information on the driver is asked to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200 or  to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or

The investigation continues.

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