Senior Citizen Victim of Hit-and-Run Dies; Suspect Still at Large

A senior citizen who was the victim of a hit-and-run Monday morning died from his injuries and the suspect, who fled the accident scene on foot, remains at large.

A senior citizen who was hospitalized after a Monday morning hit-and-run accident died from his injuries Wednesday.

St. Petersburg police say that Michael Anthony Cerone, 74, was ejected from his vehicle after it by a car allegedly driven by Lorenzo Lynch. Police allege that Lynch, driving southbound on 16th St. in a 1998 Mitsubishi, drove through a red light at First Ave. South, slamming into a 1997 Pontiac driven by Cerone, who lived at 550 1st Ave. South.

The impact was so severe that Cerone, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from his vehicle. Lynch left the scene on foot and police also believe he was injured due to blood found at the scene.

Lynch, of 556 71 Ave. North, is also on probation for burglary. Police say he contacted friends and family and confirmed he was injured and has not sought treatment as he does not want to be placed in jail again.

Lynch remains at large. He is wanted for Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Serious Bodily Injury and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked while Causing a Serious Injury Crash.


  • Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780.
  • Callers may also use the St. Petersburg Police Department Tip Line at 727-892-5000.
  • Catherine August 04, 2011 at 10:28 PM
    This area lost a very wonderful individual in Michael Cerone, due to Lorenzo Lynch having impatiently run a red light. God bless Michael and his large, loving family who have been left behind.
    Lee Diekemper August 05, 2011 at 02:52 AM
    Catherine: I would like to write a follow-up story. I know tomorrow will be a difficult day for his family. Would you be interested in speaking for a story?


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