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Man arrested on charge of leaving scene of fatality

By Times Staff
Published January 2, 2006

U.S. 19 traffic claimed another life Saturday, when a Bradenton driver hit a Tennessee man trying to cross the busy thoroughfare in Tarpon Springs, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Photios A. Tsikitas, 56, of 1003 79th St. NW in Bradenton, was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death after he hit Mark Flecther, 22, who was trying to cross the highway in the 38500 block at 8:40 p.m. The Highway Patrol said Flecther ran into Tsikitas' path while trying to cross east to west. Flecther was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he was pronounced dead. Tsikitas left the scene but returned after 30 minutes and told a Pinellas County deputy who was directing traffic that he was the driver who hit the pedestrian, authorities said. Tsikitas was being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail. The death added to the list of pedestrian fatalities on the highway in recent months. A 75-year-old man was killed Wednesday as he tried to cross U.S. 19 in Holiday near Moog Road. In November, a 16-year-old Palm Harbor girl was killed while crossing U.S. 19 between Curlew and Tampa roads.

[Last modified January 2, 2006, 02:30:25]

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