TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (TCD) -- Deputies arrested a 61-year-old man after he allegedly struck and killed his 86-year-old father with a car over the weekend.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, shortly after 8:30 p.m., the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded to R Bar at 245 108th Ave. in reference to a fatal hit-and-run crash. Investigators allege that Mark McKeown struck and dragged his father, Thomas McKeown, with a 2019 black Dodge Ram.
Mark McKeown reportedly backed into a parking space, and his father walked toward the vehicle before falling. The vehicle started moving, and McKeown allegedly hit his father, "dragging him in the parking lot."
According to the sheriff’s office, afterward, McKeown reversed the vehicle and drove over his father’s body several times before fleeing the scene.
The victim was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Deputies took Mark McKeown into custody, and he was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death. Records show he was released on $50,000 bond the next day.
The sheriff’s office noted that "impairment appears to be a factor in the crash."