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Teen fled traffic stop, runs red light; fatally hits woman

July 19, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Investigators say a vehicle fleeing from a sheriff’s deputy fatally struck a woman who was walking across a Florida road.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials say 30-year-old Jee-esta J. Shurock was killed Thursday night in St. Petersburg. Deputies arrested 18-year-old Jamar Johnson, who was charged with vehicular homicide, fleeing and eluding police and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.

Authorities say a deputy spotted Johnson’s car with a missing tail light and a window tint violation. The deputy tried to stop Johnson, but he sped off. The deputy didn’t chase him.

The report says Johnson ran a red light, hit a car driven by another 18-year-old and his car spun around and hit Shurock.

Johnson was taken to jail. Jail records didn’t list a lawyer.

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