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Driver arrested in connection with hit-and-run crash

MANATEE -- A Manatee woman was arrested Sunday in connection with a hit-and-run crash Saturday that killed one teenager and injured another.

Kim Marie Leto, 50, 3510 65th Ave. Circle E., was arrested, according to Florida Highway Patrol Cpl. Kurt Arbogast. She was charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

Leto was released from the Manatee County jail after posting bonds totaling $15,000.

Arbogast credited Sgt. William F. Pascoe, traffic homicide supervisor, with superb police work in connection with the case.

Brenden Edward Barnes, 15, a student at Southeast High School, was killed after he and friend Samuel E. Garvin, 16, a student at Booker High School, were hit by a car while walking west in a bike lane near the intersection of Whitfield and Tuttle avenues Saturday around 10:15 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Garvin, who is at Manatee Memorial Hospital suffering from a broken leg and injured foot, had dragged himself off the dark road after being hit by the car, fearing he would be hit again by oncoming traffic, said his mother Jamae Garvin, during an interview at the hospital Sunday.

He could see the motionless body of Barnes, his best friend, Jamae Garvin said.

Jamae Garvin said her son called her from his cell phone even before paramedics arrived at the crash scene.

“‘Mom, I think my friend is dead,’” Jamae Garvin quoted her son as saying about Barnes.

There were no skid marks at the scene, meaning the hit-and-run driver never applied the brakes to try to avoid the boys, who had been to Taco Bell earlier in the evening, according to relatives and a report filed by the Florida Highway Patrol. Jamae Garvin said her son had planned to spend the night at Barnes’ home.

The teen’s heart was broken at the death of his best friend, said Anthony Garvin, Samuel Garvin’s father.

Barnes’ death was the second pedestrian fatality this week.

Thursday night, a 38-year-old Sarasota man was killed after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of University Parkway and Medici Court, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

William N. Sapp was walking south across University Parkway, east of the intersection with Medici, when he was struck just before 10:30 p.m. by a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle going westbound, an FHP release stated.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031.

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