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Monday, June 08, 2009

Florida Senior Citizen Charged With Killing Pedestrian

Tragedy Raises Questions About When to Take Keys Away From Elderly Relatives

A Seminole County, Florida senior citizen has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash after running over a pedestrian.

Another driver who saw what happened chased down and stopped the accused, John Sepelak Jr., 78, five miles from the scene.

Charges are pending, but alcohol was not an apparent factor in the crash, officials said.

Florida Highway Patrol authorities say the victim, 48-year-old Paula Carrison, tumbled into the roadway on a recent Friday evening. Sepelak struck the woman, drove off, and then returned to the scene, according to the highway patrol report. At that point he "became scared and drove off" again, the report read.

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