Sarasota Man Dies In Drunken Driving Crash

Scott Parker,55, was hit by a suspected drunken driver who fled the scene and who shouldn't have been on the road driving anyway, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

A 55-year-old Sarasota man has died after a suspected drunken driver struck his car on Washington Boulevard early Friday.

Florida Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 301 and 47th Street at 12:50 a.m. where Siosaia K. Fonua, 29 of Bradenton was driving a 1995 Mercury on northbound U.S. 301 and struck a 1999 Ford Mustang driven by Scott R. Parker, 55, of Sarasota at 47th Street.

The Mercury struck the left side of the Mustang and Fonua fled on foot and was later located by law enforcement, according to Highway Patrol. Parker was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Highway Patrol.

Fonua suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for his injuries and faces DUI Manslaughter, driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, according to Highway Patrol.

Fonua , of 4324 55th Ave. Drive East, has a lengthy criminal record in Manatee County, according to court records.

In 2001, Fonua at the age of 18, was charged with driving under the influence and was sentenced to probation, which was later violated, and to perform community service, according to court records.

Fonua pled no contest to felony robbery charges in 2006 and received probation, which was violated in 2008, but received credits for time served in jail, according to court records.

In 2009, Fonua was charged and convicted for DUI and providing a false name to Manatee County Sheriff's deputies and driving on a suspended license for a third or subsequent offense. He refused to submit himself to a blood alcohol test during that arrest, according to court records.

Fonua's license was suspended again in October 2011 for not appearing in court, according to court records.

Did you know Scott Parker or have photos of him? Post remembrances and photos of him here on Patch.

Shelley Espinosa December 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Scott was my brother and an amazing person. Our family is forever changed by this senseless and selfish tragedy. I will miss him so much and my heart is broken. I wish I could attend the memorial but I am in California. Please pray for us all. Thank you for all being such good friends to my brother. Shelley (Parker) Espinosa (Scott's younger sister)
Brenda Heindorf December 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM
My heartfelt condolences go out to Scott's family and my friend Tamala. My thoughts are with you in this time of grief.
Ken Colombo December 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and family of Scott Parker. Scotty was my roommate for 2 years while on the Ringling show. Though we are the same age he had an air of confidence that made him seem older and wiser to me. He was a good performer when he got to clown college. He was a great performer in short time. His double take was second to none. Scotty made you watch him on the track and he could make the audience watch you at the same time and you would laugh !!! I’m so grateful that we were able to re-connect after so many years. When we chatted it was like we were in constant contact all along. So many great memories, it’s a shame that we will not have the opportunity to make more. You are sadly missed old friend, until we meet again, I’m sure it will be like old times. with LOVE, Kenny Colombo
Linda Heath December 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Deepest Sympathies to all of the Parker family! I worked with Scotty and Jan on the Vargas show inthe late 80's early 90's. May God offer his blessings and comfort to you and your family during this horrible time!
carolyn wille December 30, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Cally Devereaux Willle I had been trying to locate my cousins Scotty and Skippy Parker for a couple years and finally came across this. Scotty was about three years old when I moved to Massachusetts and lost contact through divorces in the family. Scotty looked the same as he did as a 3 yr old. Wish I could have found him sooner. We were in the area many times. He seems to have been very fortunate to belong to an extended close family in Sarasota. Scott and Skip are loved and remembered fondly by their family. Hope Skip and I can connect again. Many cousins would love to be in your life again.


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