Motorcyclist Kills Pedestrian in Spring Hill

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Legally reviewed by:

Erik Abrahamson, J.D. August 04, 2011

Thursday morning a Spring Hill motorcyclist hit and killed a female pedestrian when he sped through a red light on Spring Hill Drive.  Witness, Terry Jacobson said, “That was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen in my life.”

As of Thursday evening, the elderly victim had yet to be identified. Investigators are requesting public assistance, as she was not carrying identification and no friends or family have come forward.

The motorcyclist was identified as 30 year old, James Paul Conaty of Spring Hill. Although he was wearing a helmet, Contay was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he sustained serious injuries. Conaty has rather lengthy traffic and criminal records consisting of three DUI charges, several traffic tickets, and 20 Florida arrests on charges of battery, assault and threatening a witness. In his most serious DUI charge, Conaty served two and half years in prison when his blood alcohol level was reported as more than double the level at which a driver is considered to be under the influence. This accident will most likely add to his record of speeding and careless driving. However, authorities are waiting for results from Conaty’s toxicology report before pressing charges.