An internal investigation is underway after a Pinellas County Sheriff Deputy pulled over a driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run but let her go. The incident occurred on Saturday, July 29th, at around 3:18 a.m. when the deputy noticed a car with a broken tail light. The driver, identified as Anaya Millan, and her passengers informed the deputy that they had been involved in a crash at a club. The deputy ran Millan’s license but was unaware of the nearby fatal hit-and-run at the time.
Video footage obtained by 8 On Your Side shows the deputy interacting with the women in the vehicle. The deputy’s body camera turned off during the stop, but a nearby business camera captured the moment when Millan and her passenger switched seats and drove away. Millan has since been charged with a first-degree felony for leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.
The hit-and-run victim, William Rothey, was fatally struck just minutes before the traffic stop. Rothey, a Pinellas County resident and father, was described by his brother Brian as a loving and loyal person. The Pinellas Park Police Department is currently investigating the hit-and-run but has not charged Millan with any DUI-related offenses.
The actions of the deputy during the traffic stop have raised questions. Randy Sutton, a former Lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, stated that the deputy should have conducted field sobriety tests given the circumstances. However, Ruben “Butch” Delgado, the former Interim Chief of the Tampa Police Department, cautioned against speculating on Millan’s sobriety but emphasized the importance of keeping the body camera on throughout the interaction.
The Pinellas deputy, who released the car before realizing its involvement in the hit-and-run, reportedly shared the driver’s information with the neighboring jurisdiction, aiding in cracking the case.
The investigation into the deputy’s actions during the traffic stop continues.