PASCO COUNTY, FL. – A 49-year-old woman was severed in half after being struck in a hit-and-run Sunday morning in Dade City, Florida, and Troopers are still looking for that driver.
The Florida Highway Patrol said that troopers responded at 3:30 a.m. to the crash where the woman was struck by a driver as she walked along the grassy roadside of the 301 south of Desrosier Road.
Police said the driver fled in a sedan, hit a traffic sign, and went back on the highway for a brief moment before veering off again and running over the woman’s body which was severed as a result.
A front grill piece from the suspect vehicle was recovered at the crash scene and is believed to come from a Dodge make and model vehicle. Troopers also located numerous silver paint chips at the crash site, thus indicating the suspect vehicle to be a silver Dodge vehicle, either sedan or low front end Dodge type van.
The Florida Highway Patrol troopers and Pasco County deputies were present at the hit-and-run scene.
Over an hour later, another driver in a pickup truck ignored troopers’ orders to stop and drove into the crash scene at a high speed, running over the woman’s body, and nearly hitting two Pasco deputies.
The pickup truck driver, identified by police as 23-year-old Andrew Thomas Krummen, didn’t stop, which prompted a high-speed chase that lasted about 10 minutes before catching him.
Troopers are still investigating the initial hit-and-run incident and searching for the driver, but arrested Krummen who was booked into the Pasco County jail.
The 23-year-old was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, DUI, fleeing and eluding, destruction of evidence, and driving with a revoked license.
Krummen was also charged with false imprisonment of two passengers, a 33-year-old Brooksville man, and a 35-year-old Dade City woman, who was with him in the vehicle and tried to flag down police officers.
Anyone with information regarding the initial hit and run crash is asked to call FHP or Crime Stoppers at *FHP and **TIPS respectively.