CLEARWATER, Fla. — A 22-year-old man has been charged in a hit-and-run Tuesday morning the left a pedestrian critically injured.
- 22-year-old charged in hit-and-run involiving a pedestrian
- Chase Childers later admitted to hitting the woman
- Childers said he was distracted by picking out music on his phone
Chase Childers was booked into the Pinellas County jail and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury and careless driving.
Police said the 59-year-old woman was crossing Drew Street in a crosswalk when she was struck by a car driven by Childers, who was making a left turn from southbound Fort Harrison onto eastbound Drew Street.
Police said he initially stopped and called 911, then left the scene after telling fire rescue workers he had found the woman laying in the street.
Childers was later tracked down by officers and he admitted to striking the pedestrian. He said he was distracted by looking at his phone trying to pick out music when he made the turn and hit the woman. He added that he was scared and left the scene.
The victim was transporterd to Bay Front Hospital with serious injuries.