A fatal hit-and-run last month yielded an arrest this month after Plant City police say they apprehended the man responsible for the incident.
Per investigators, the 36-year-old defendant was driving his 2006 Hyundai Tucson eastbound on East Baker Street at around dusk on January 17. All was well until he approached Charlie Taylor Street and a 57-year-old man attempted to cross the street in front of him.
Police say the defendant failed to stop, striking the pedestrian while he was in the roadway. Investigators say the truck’s front bumper struck the pedestrian, knocking him to the pavement.
Rather than staying to render aid, authorities say the defendant stayed only a moment before fleeing the scene. Witnesses alerted authorities after seeing the victim lying in the roadway, and they arrived only after the victim succumbed to his injuries. The victim’s remains were held in police custody until his girlfriend identified them a day later.
Meanwhile, police located the defendant’s vehicle in a trailer park the following day. Upon their investigation they learned that the defendant left the state, opting to relocate to Connecticut. However he subsequently returned to Florida and was interviewed by investigators. He was subsequently arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on one count each of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, driving with a suspended license, and evidence tampering. He remains in custody with a bail of $19,000.
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