Search Underway for Hit-and-Run Suspect Who Killed Popular Tampa Bay Singer
The Tampa Bay music scene is reeling from this morning’s devastating news of losing 26-year-old Tyler Deremo, the lead singer of Wicked Evil Grin. Preliminary collision reports from authorities with the Clearwater Police Department indicate that the fatal hit-and run accident occurred early Thursday morning as the vocalist was riding his skateboard on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Pinellas County.
According to bystander statements retrieved by local Clearwater law enforcement, it was shortly before 2 a.m. on June 10th, 2021, when 26-year-old Tyler Deremo was skateboarding along a stretch of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard east of South Keen Road when he was struck by an oncoming 2010 Toyota Sierra that was driving in an erratic and reckless manner in the moments prior to the collision. The driver of the Toytoa then fled the scene of the accident without ever stopping to check on the injured individual in the middle of the road. “Witnesses told us that the vehicle hit the individual, never stopped, never tapped the brakes, never paused, didn’t get out, didn’t check the guy, just went on their way like nothing had happened,” stated Clearwater Police Department spokesman Rob Shaw.
Pinellas County medical response teams immediately transported Mr. Deremo to Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, however, due to the severity of the life-threatening injuries he received in the accident, the 26-year-old singer sadly passed away shortly after arriving at the emergency room.
Officers with the Clearwater Police Department were finally able to locate the 2010 Toyota Sierra involved in the fatal accident just a few miles away from where the initial collision took place, but have yet to apprehend the vehicle’s owner, although his identification has been confirmed.
Tampa fans and family of the much-loved lead singer are absolutely broken-hearted and crushed by his death. “He was an awesome guy. He had a million friends because of how outgoing he was and he would be the one who would go up to every single person and strike up a conversation and talk to those people,” said bandmate Tom Maney.
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