Sarasota Police Arrest Bradenton Woman In Fatal January Pedestrian Crash

Leyonna Dunbar, 29, of Bradenton, has been arrested by Sarasota Police officers in connection to a January 2021 fatal pedestrian crash. 

Dunbar is facing charges of Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the Scene of a Crash involving Death and Driving with a Suspended License.

On January 22, 2021, just before 1:30 a.m., members of the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit responded to the area of 32nd Street and U.S. 41 for a traffic crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. 

A 66-year-old Sarasota man was hit and killed by a vehicle in which the driver failed to stop and continued north on U.S. 41.

Utilizing red light camera footage, officers observed a vehicle passing through a traffic light at U.S. 41 and University Parkway with damage to the front right panel and windshield. 

Officers were able to locate registration information and matched the suspect vehicle, a 2001 Volkswagen, which matched the make and model of evidence left at the scene.  Officers were able to tow the vehicle to the Sarasota Police Department and conduct a search warrant. 

Inside the vehicle, a Taco Bell receipt was found and DNA swabs were taken from the steering wheel. In March 2021, Dunbar was identified as the driver of the vehicle the night of the crash. 

In April 2021, DNA swabs taken from the steering wheel matched the DNA of Dunbar.  Dunbar was arrested at her place of employment on Friday, May 14, 2021, and transported to the Sarasota County Jail. 

She’s currently being held on a $185,000 bond.

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