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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