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Driver is arrested in hit-run

By ABHI RAGHUNATHAN
Published January 18, 2007


State troopers arrested a 20-year-old Clearwater man and said he admitted driving away from a weekend accident in which his car severed a pedestrian's leg.

Edmar Cassiano, 20, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail early Wednesday on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury. He also was cited for running a red light.

Troopers got the tip that led to his arrest after news reports said the car lost its passenger-side mirror and had a damaged front. The tipster said a Pontiac Grand Am in Cassiano's apartment complex, Farrington Apartments in Clearwater, had damage consistent with the accident

The accident took place Saturday night at Ulmerton Road and 38th Street. Authorities say Cassiano ran a red light and slammed into two band chaperones for the Carver High band from Columbus, Ga.: 46-year-old Lisa King and 41-year-old Elonda Floyd.

Floyd lost her left leg and suffered a broken left arm. King was treated and released from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

After the accident, Floyd persuaded her daughter, 16-year-old Shantaez Floyd, a flag girl, to perform in St. Petersburg's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.

Cassiano, a citizen of Brazil, has a valid Florida drivers license with a good record. According to the Highway Patrol, he said he didn't stop at the scene because he didn't speak much English.