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Police arrest driver accused of hit-and-run crash that killed St. Pete city employee

According to police, the worker was employed with the city’s water resource team for several years.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The St. Petersburg Police Department made an arrest in a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed a 57-year-old man over the weekend.

Officers say the driver of a white Jeep Cherokee failed to yield and hit Jonathan Hughes on his motorcycle, ultimately killing him. The driver has been identified as 20-year-old Jakil Powell.

Hughes worked for the city’s water resource team for several years. He was also known in the local riding community. Brad Replogle and Tai Truong met Hughes 15 years ago. They shared a love for vintage motorcycles.

“He loved his dog, he loved his wife, he loved the community, he was a hard worker and he would do anything for his friends,” Replogle said.

They describe Hughes as a humble and kind person. 

“He spent many hours driving to the eye doctor with me when he found out I was going alone, he would just do anything for the people he loved,” Replogle said.

Powel was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, the St. Petersburg Police Department stated. The investigation is ongoing.

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