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Driver struck, killed good Samaritan, then drove off in the victim’s car, authorities say

Dana Thomas Byrd, 30, was arrested for grand theft-auto and leaving the scene of an accident involving death, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release.

(Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

A 22-year-old Florida man who was helping another motorist Thursday night was killed after being hit by a car whose driver allegedly then drove the deceased’s vehicle, authorities said.

Dhimitri Andoni, 22, Clearwater, Florida, was driving on Interstate 275 when he noticed a fellow motorist in need of assistance, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release.

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“Shortly after the stop of the motorist was able to depart from the scene and Andoni walked back to his car,” the press release said. “While walking back to his vehicle along the right side of the car and away from the edge, Andoni was hit by a passing car.”

The “passing vehicle” was allegedly driven by the suspect, Dana Thomas Byrd, 30, of St. Petersburg, authorities said.

“Byrd stopped along the shoulder, approached Andoni and discovered he was deceased,” the press release said. “Byrd then entered Andoni the car and fled the site of the crash.”

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Byrd later abandoned Andoni the car, which was eventually traced by the deceased man’s father, who notified police, authorities said. His son, the remains were found on Friday afternoon, as was the suspect vehicle, the release said.

The authorities found the suspect in his home and arrested him for grand theft auto and leaving the scene of an accident involving death, the press release said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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