Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a 24-year-old Riverview man was intoxicated when he fatally struck a cyclist and left the area afterwards.
The defendant was allegedly driving along U.S. 41 in the early morning hours of September 19 when he approached a 45-year-old man piloting a bicycle on the edge of the road near Riverview Drive. Troopers say the defendant struck the man with his SUV, propelling him onto the sidewalk.
Rather than stopping to assess the damage, authorities say the defendant proceeded on, dragging the bicycle for another two and one-half miles before he was stopped by law enforcement. Allegedly upon his arrest the defendant showed signs of intoxication.
Meanwhile, first responders arrived at the scene to treat the victim, but their efforts were in vain. The cyclist expired at the scene.
The defendant was arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Tests at the jail allegedly showed the defendant to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.130% and 0.128%, both of which surpass the state of Florida’s presumption of intoxication at 0.08%. He continues to be held in jail without bond.
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