Fatal St. Petersburg Hit-and-Run Leaves Fugitive at Large

A fatal hit-and-run accident in St. Petersburg has left a family searching for justice. Michael Cerone, 74, was driving home when Lorenzo Lynch, 19, crashed his girlfriend’s Mitsubishi into Cerone’s Pontiac. Cerone, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car when the unlicensed driver ran a red light at 1 a.m. Lynch, also injured, fled the scene, leaving a trail of blood behind.

Cerone was taken to the hospital and put on life support. His family decided to disconnect the life support Wednesday night, which led to his death. The family says they will do whatever they can to find Lynch and bring him to justice. They even hired a banner plane to fly around St. Petersburg Thursday, carrying the message: “Lorenzo Lynch: Fugitive on the run. Call police w/ info!”

Lynch has a criminal history dating back to age 13. At age 16, Lynch spent over a year in prison as a teen for grand theft and burglary. Police are currently searching for him on charges of leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury and driving with an invalid license while causing a serious injury crash.