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Driver identified, still sought in Palm Harbor hit-and-run


Published:   |   Updated: August 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the driver sought in a Palm Harbor hit-and-run Monday night that left his girlfriend in serious condition.

According to the FHP, 24-year-old Christopher Frank Dohmen was speeding in a 1999 Chrysler 300 just after 8:30 p.m. when he lost control southbound on Belcher Road, striking another vehicle, then fleeing on foot.

The FHP also said his girlfriend, 25-year-old Ashley Love of Largo, who was seriously injured in the crash, was arrested and faces a charge of battery on EMS personnel and violation of probation. She is being held on $5,000 bond at the Pinellas County Jail.

According to the FHP, Dohmen lost control at the intersection of Alderman Road and sideswiped a 2014 Nissan Altima driven by Nicolas Diamantidis, 62, of Merrick, N.Y., before hitting a curb, overturning, and striking a power pole.

The impact caused Love, who was not wearing a seat belt, to be thrown from the car as it continued to overturn for another 1,700 feet, troopers say.

Diamantidis and two passengers — 62-year-old Maria Eskanazy of Tarpon Springs and 57-year-old Anna L. Diamantidis Merrick, N.Y. — were all transported to Florida Hospital North with minor injuries, troopers say.

Anyone with information about Dohmen or the crash is asked to contact the FHP at (813) 631-4020.

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