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Manatee woman arrested in hit-and-run death

MANATEE — Bradenton police have arrested a 53-year-old Manatee woman on a charge of hitting and killing an elderly pedestrian in a parking lot and leaving the scene of the crash.

Geri A. Konecy of Cortez has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death after she allegedly struck 89-year-old Walter Dzik in the rear of an Albertsons store as he was walking to a bridge game in January.

Investigators identified Konecy as a suspect last month.

It was actually Dzik’s family members who helped police find Konecy who was driving a 2003 maroon Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, according to police. Family members heard through word of mouth that a woman was saying, “If Bradenton police ever learn what I did, I’ll be in trouble.” a police report stated.

Ann Hall, Dzik’s stepdaughter, received information from her son and she was able to pass the tip on to investigators. Dzik resided with her until he was killed. Traffic investigators were able to do searches and narrow the list down. They showed up at the Konecy’s residence to question her. Konecy told police she accidentally struck Dzik as she was backing up from a parking space. Konecy has a few traffic citations on her record, including one for improper backing in June 2008, according to county court records. Dzik died at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg shortly after the crash from his injuries. A medical examiner ruled his cause of death was from blunt force trauma, according to investigators. Dzik was walking to the back entrance of a bridge club near Albertsons rear parking lot in the 7400 block of Manatee Avenue West when he was struck by a vehicle Jan. 6. just before noon.