Asian Family of 5 Struck by Car, 1 Dead

May 17, 2021

ST. PETE BEACH, Florida—According to deputies in Pinellas County, a family of five was crossing at the 4400 block of Gulf Blvd in the crosswalk when a red Nissan Juke pulled out of the beach parking lot and turned northbound.

The SUV struck all five family members in the crosswalk, then drove off northbound. Surveillance footage showed the vehicle slowing briefly after the accident and then speeding away, according to FOX13.

70-year-old Hiep Huynh suffered critical injuries and later passed away. Two relatives, 77 and 76, were hospitalized with minor injuries. Two more family members, ages 67 and 51, also suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene, reports FOX13.

“We saw two people on the ground,” one witness told FOX13. “That’s saddening.  We have so much going on in our country right now, humanity is one thing we have to have in our souls.” 

Authorities describe the suspect as driving a “newer model” red Nissan Juke with alloy rims. There was no description provided of the driver or any passengers.

“We want them to turn themselves in, absolutely that’s what we want,” said Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Travis Sibley.  “You have five people crossing the road, enjoying themselves, and one of their family members lost their life.  The person that was driving, they need to be an adult and turn themselves in.” 

Investigators ask anyone with information on the crash to contact Corporal Jon Dobson at (727) 580-4505 or by email at [email protected] 

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