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Suspect in Pinellas hit-and-run arrested


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The Florida Highway Patrol said it has arrested the driver who ran from a Palm Harbor hit-and-run Monday night that left his passenger in serious condition.

Christopher Frank Dohmen, 24, was arrested Thursday night at Ulmerton Road and U.S. 19. He is facing charges of leaving the scene of a crash with injury, leaving the scene with property damage and driving while license suspended, and was ticketed for speeding and careless driving.

Troopers say Dohmen was speeding just after 8:30 p.m. Monday when he lost control of his 1999 Chrysler 300 while he was southbound on Belcher Road.

According to troopers, he lost control at the intersection of Alderman Road and sideswiped a 2014 Nissan Altima driven by Nicolas Diamantidis, 62, of Merrick, N.Y., before hitting a curb, overturning, and striking a power pole.

The impact caused 25-year-old Ashley Love, of Largo, who was not wearing a seat belt, to be thrown from the car as it continued to overturn for another 1,700 feet, troopers say. She was hospitalized in serious condition at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Love also was arrested for battery upon emergency personnel after the crash and violation of probation.

Diamantidis and two passengers — 62-year-old Maria Eskanazy of Tarpon Springs and 57-year-old Anna L. Diamantidis Merrick, N.Y. — were all transported to Florida Hospital North Pinellas with minor injuries, troopers said.

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