"We have so much going on in our country right now, humanity is one thing we have to have in our souls"

Police are searching for a driver who killed one pedestrian and injured four others.

The incident occurred in Pinellas County, Florida, at 9pm on Thursday. An Asian family of five was crossing at the the 4400 block of Gulf Boulevard in the crosswalk when a red Nissan Juke drove into them.

CCTV footage shows the car pulling out of a parking lot and turning at the crossing before driving directly into the family.

Hiep Huynh, 70, suffered critical injuries and later passed away. 77-year-old Thuong Phan and 76-year-old Hai Pho were treated in hospital with minor injuries.

51-year-old Anh Martin and 67-year-old Tuy Vinh Huynh also sustained minor injuries and were treated on scene.

“We saw two people on the ground,” one witness said. “That’s saddening. We have so much going on in our country right now, humanity is one thing we have to have in our souls.”

Police have described the suspect’s vehicle as a “new model” red Nissan Juke with alloy rims. No description of the driver or passengers was given.

“We want them to turn themselves in, absolutely that’s what we want,” said Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Travis Sibley. “You have five people crossing the road, enjoying themselves, and one of their family members lost their life. The person that was driving, they need to be an adult and turn themselves in.”

Investigators ask anyone with information on the crash to contact Corporal Jon Dobson at (727) 580-4505 or by email at jdobsonjr@pcsonet.com.

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