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Police Identify Wheelchair Hit and Run Suspect, Victim in Critical Condition – ARRESTED

UPDATE: 6:38 p.m. – Police have located and arrested 23-year-old Clevandre Jerome Pope. He is currently held on a $15,000 bond at the Hernando County Jail.

BROOKSVILLE – Police have identified the suspect in a hit and run accident that severely injured a wheelchair-bound woman on New Year’s Day.

According to officials, Sandra Faye Gainer Carpenter was traveling eastbound on Daniel Ave aboard her motorized wheelchair when she was struck head-on by an older model white Toyota Camry. The impact ejected Carpenter from the wheelchair, resulting in severe injuries. The victim was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where she is listed in critical condition. The driver fled the scene and did not report the accident to authorities.

Soon after the crash Brooksville Police released a description of the vehicle and began the daunting task of sifting through dozens of possible leads. Chief George Turner tells RNRF that there were over 70 possible matches and each one had to be checked to identify the registered owner.

An arrest warrant was issued for 23-year-old Clevandre Jerome Pope of 11184 Buck Hollow Road, after he admitted to Police that he was responsible for the accident. Police are currently searching for Pope who was not arrested at the time of his admission.

The vehicle and motorized wheelchair have been impounded as evidence.

Once in custody, Pope will be held on a $15,000 bond for Hit and Run with Serious Injuries.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • The lead for the article is interesting. Reading it as written says the victim was arrested.

    Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:40 am
  • His girlfriend needs looked into. I heard the girlfriend was drinking up a storm and probably doing dope like she does then left a place in SH, drove to Bville and hit the lady. Cleve wasn’t with her in her car. The white girlfriends momma lives at the Buck Hollow address and that girl is a trashy mess. I’ve noticed she ain’t said shit since this has happened. IF Cleve is covering for her he’s cray, cray and will regret it. Check Ash Ley out.

    Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 2:04 pm
  • Ya know: Call this young PUNK “boy” to his face and let’s see how nicely he reacts. Buckwheat is an endearing term, might just mean he is a Little Rascal!

    Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 2:03 pm
  • Ya know, you are wrong, he will be judged by a judge here on earth, Drivers ed 101, “when involved in an accident STOP, DON’T HIT AND RUN, Yep I am ckean, NEVER HAD A TICKET OR BEEN STOPPED IN MY LIFE, and certainly would never hit and run Race has nothing to do with it, period, I don’t care if he is purple, if he did it, he is old enough to know what to do . Scared I am sure, but should have used his brain. I am not judging, just stating the facts, and where is YOUR REMORSE FOR THE LADY IN CRITICAL CONDITION.?? Maybe shouldn’t judge the posters .My hands are perfectly CLEAN. Have a nice day and wish we could get an update on the Victims condition.If anyone knows, please post. Prayers for her and her loved ones.

    Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 11:56 am
  • This is what’s wrong with our society, you people are making all kind of racist or dumb remarks when none of you know this kid. That’s what he is a young boy who was obviously very scared. It could happen to one of you negative commenter life can change in a blink of an eye hopefully you won’t have experience This but only God can judge him & I bet none of you commenting don’t have clean hands.

    Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 6:39 am
  • All these comments calling this young boy all those names. He’s a good kid it could’ve been your kid or anyone it was an accident. Nobody intentionally hit that lady. I’m sure he feels horrible about what happened & he was scared & didn’t know what to do. Y’all want to make your racist comments when a white boy killed that kid y’all wanna talk about buckwheat. How about the county puts in proper sidewalks & lighting. Quit playing a race issue. When it’s an accident. Is everyone on here talking are your hands totally clean, never did anything wrong. Only God can judge him. Who do you people think you are, do you do more than run your mouth. Get out & help our community. Not make it worse

    Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 6:30 am
  • LOCK EM Both Up! Guilty By Association

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 9:50 pm
  • Had to look at 70 cars, found him, he admitted it, ok please explain WHY HE WASN’T ARRESTED ON THE SPOT??? Something very wrong with this picture, Now they are looking for him, this is nuts. Hope he doesn’t get his hands on another car and run over someone else. PRAYERS FOR THE LADY THIS IDIOT RAN OVER, maybe I better say one for the keystone cops as well .If there is an answer to WHY he is on the loose, I would love to hear it. And would apologize for calling them the keystone cops Anyone?????

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 6:09 pm
    • Sorry BPD, I wouldn’t have your job for anything in the world, Be well, be safe and may you always go home to your families, safe and sound. Guess I was silly to post that regarding the ones that do their best to keep us safe, sometimes against all odds. Sorry.

      Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 12:14 pm
  • Tom, Fox 13 news just said the driver that hit her has been arrested. Any update from BPD sources??

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 5:11 pm
  • I was going to congratulate bpd on a good job, BUT THEY LET HIM WALK INTO THE FOG & GO ON THE LAMB !!!! WHY ?? Why not hold him while getting arrest warrant ???? Does it take that long to get a warrant?? Did you not consider this woman important enough to wake up a judge, states attorney, whoever necessary?
    Brooksille P.D.- you have failed this PERSON & HER FAMILY horribly!! Someone at bpd needs to be held responsible for adding insult to injury.

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 4:58 pm
  • Funny how everyone has an opinion and automatically talks shit without being there and actually knowing the facts…what happened to innocent until proven guilty?? 1) He was at home ASLEEP after eating dinner with his family when this was incident was reported to have occurred. 2) For the person who commented about him smiling, that is his DL picture, not a mugshot! 3) This vehicle belongs to his white girlfriend, who he could easily be covering for. Everyone wants to be the judge and jury, smh! Prayers and well wishes for the victim regardless of the responsible party and may proper justice be served. Nobody should EVER be left like that!

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 4:52 pm
    • Thank you. Amazing how quickly people become racist.

      Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 7:01 pm
    • Thts so true ,but the truth will come out at the end

      Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 7:25 pm
    • unless he is mentally challenged, if he covers for some one else, hes a fool and subject to the crime. no excuse for stupidity.

      Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 7:37 pm
    • Well that little Houdini can eat dinner at home, be sleeping and still run down a poor lady in a wheelchair , dang he’s good. Maybe should put him in straight jacket, with chains down in the water,( like Houdini did) and let him see if he can run out of that. Harsh, eh nope, hope the lady is recovering otherwise he could be lookin at more than hit and run, I think. HE CONFESSED remember, and who cares what color his girlfriend is, or him for that matter. He is a hit and runner. He is a criminal.

      Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 7:38 pm
      • He confessed for his girlfriend because he young and dumb no doubt about that but he did not hit that lady

        Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 8:41 pm
          • I’m trying to get their info now to send them the conversation and I’ve tried to post her profile on here but it will not let me

            Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 8:54 pm
      • Your *** may be a criminal. .if he didn’t do it then he’s not a criminal. His only wrong is taking a charge for his girlfriend who is white and is the criminal!!!!

        Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 11:47 am

          Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 9:44 pm
  • Bet your not smiling now u POS.

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 3:48 pm
  • So the bum only had to come up with $1500 to get out of jail??? For almost killing someone and taking off?? It’s obvious he was trying to get away with it.. dammm well now the next person that pulls this shit knows hey if I run someone over I’ll just split!! What’s the worse that’s gonna happen to me?!?! $1500 what

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 3:39 pm
  • WHY was this scumbag NOT arrested at the time he admitted his guilt to the PD?

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 3:14 pm
    • He fled the scene, the SO found him this afternoon but he took off again. Don’t know if they caught him or not.

      Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 4:35 pm
  • Uh-Oh Buckwheat, what I did? Hope the victim recovers.

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 3:10 pm
    • Tuff man alfalfa they should have arreated him dummy and all you can do is race white bread pos and im white your just ignorant police let him go and you can only be a racist take a long walk down a short pier hope lady recovers have a great day we love you even god forgives the dumb

      Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 4:40 pm
      • SHUT UP MIKE.

        Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 9:41 pm
  • He’s not the only soul …..accused of hit and run. ….tire tracks all across your back i can see that you’ve had your fun…..but a….darling can’t you see my signals turn from green to red……and witchoo I can see a traffic jam straight up ahead. …….you’re just like Crosstown. ……so hard to get thru to you…..

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 2:57 pm
  • Oh my freaking goodness, why was he not arrested?

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 2:53 pm
  • Another piece of crap who needs: hangem, than shootem. It would send a message to others whom fail to take responsibility for there actions..

    Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 2:52 pm
    • Actually before you judge him why don’t you ask his white girlfriend who really hit the lady wtf she let him take a charge for her !!!

      Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 8:37 pm
      • Hey Quisha, if you have evidence of this, take it to the police or shut the f up. He admitted it.

        Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 7:21 am
        • Actually I did so you can shit tf up…#igottimetoday

          Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 8:45 pm
      • It is a girlfriend, why emphasize she is white?? That mentality needs to stop!!!! I am sick and tired of this crap. white, black, yellow purple, who cares?? Wrong is wrong no matter what color you are!. If she did do then she should pay the price. Quit playing this damn race card once and for all.

        Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 10:59 am
        • “Ebony and ivory, together in perfect harmony”

          Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 4:18 pm
    • First off don’t ever get on here talking about kill my cousin ! wrong with you !

      Monday, 6 February 2017, 6:44 pm

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