M.A.I.T. Investigation

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.)

Treasure Island Police Department

Nicholas Michael Desanta (Victim- Deceased)
DOB: 03/04/1944
Address: 4434 Selah Road, Sebring, Florida

Beverly J. Gran (Victim-Deceased)
DOB: 08/25/1937
Address: 4434 Selah Road, Sebring, Florida

Aleem Reezan Temon Hamid (Driver- Arrested)
DOB: 02/14/1980
Address: 4105 Cox Drive Land O Lakes, Florida
Vehicle: 2014 Ford Explorer
Charges: Two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of  leaving the scene with death, and refusal to submit to submit to lawful test of breath, urine and blood.

What:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a fatal vehicle vs pedestrian crash in Treasure Island where two pedestrians were struck. Both pedestrians died as a result of their injuries. The driver of the vehicle left the scene and was later located and arrested for two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of leaving the scene with death, and refusal to submit to submit to lawful test of breath, urine, and blood.

When:
The incident occurred at about 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

The suspect was arrested at about 8:06 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Where:
The incident occurred in the median lane of Gulf Boulevard at 11799 Gulf Boulevard, in Treasure Island.

Why/How:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a fatal vehicle vs pedestrian crash in Treasure Island where two pedestrians were struck. Both pedestrians died as a result of their injuries. The driver of the vehicle left the scene and was later located and arrested for two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of leaving the scene with death, and refusal to submit to lawful test of breath, urine, and blood.

According to investigators, victims 74-year-old Nicholas Michael Desanta and 81 year-old Beverly J. Gran were walking on the west side of Gulf Boulevard at 11799 Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island. Both pedestrians were attempting to cross Gulf Boulevard from west to east when they were struck by a 2014 Ford Explorer driven by 38-year-old Aleem Reezan Temon Hamid.  

Hamid immediately fled the scene of the accident in the 2014 Ford Explorer.

Both Desanta and Gran were critically injured as a result of the crash. Paramedics from Treasure Island Fire Rescue responded and transported both Desanta and Gran to the Hospital. Desantra and Gran later died as a result of their injuries. .

Officers from Treasure Island Police Department later located Hamid still behind the wheel of the 2014 Ford Explorer, located at 1 Park Place, Treasure Island.     

Investigators say that Hamid showed signs of impairment and refused to cooperate with investigators.

Investigators arrested Hamid at about 8:06 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Hamid was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

Hamid was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of leaving the scene with death, and refusal to submit to submit to lawful test of breath, urine, and blood.

Next of kin has been notified.

The investigation continues.

 

Posted by Dan Difrancesco Sunday, June 3, 2018 6:13:00 AM Categories: Vehicle Crashes

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