Detectives with the Pinellas Park Police Department have identified and arrested a suspect in Saturday night's fatal hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a 48-year-old man.
Scott Alan Benedict was struck and killed just after 6 p.m. as he attempted to push his bicycle across US 19 near Mainlands Blvd.
According to a Pinellas Park Police Department report the deceased is a transient with no known address. After hitting Benedict a white Ford Explorer was observed fleeing the scene.
Early Sunday investigators received information which led them to Nicholas Peter Kachmar, a 55-year-old St. Petersburg resident. The report states the suspect is believed to have been driving his white 2001 Ford Explorer SUV Saturday night.
Kachmar's vehicle has been confiscated and investigators say it has damage consistent with evidence located at the scene of the fatal hit-and-run.
He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail just after 11 a.m. Sunday on one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. Kachmar is being held without bond.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.
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