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Cops: Florida driver crashes into two pedestrians while playing game on phone

Posted: 10:20 PM, Dec 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-19 06:41:35-05

Law enforcement said a man crashed into two pedestrians while playing videos games on his phone this weekend in the Tampa Bay area.  It happened at around 2:20 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of State Road 580 and CR 1 in Dunedin. 

Deputies say that that Vincent Barone veered off the road on SR 580 and struck two pedestrians on the sidewalk. Barone fled the scene. 

A motorcyclist that witnessed the crash followed Barone to a convenience store on 1401 Pinehurst Rd.  The witness called 911 and detained Barone until deputies arrived.

The pedestrian hit in the crash have been identified as Sheree Dean and Sherman Puckett.  Both sustained serious injuries and were transported to Bayfront Medical Center.

Barone told investigators that he was playing a game on his phone and was distracted at the time of the crash. 

Barone is charged with two counts of Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Serious Bodily Injury.