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Joseph Charles Strickland, 28, de Weeki Wachee, viajaba en una carretera al norte de Tampa la madrugada del domingo cuando su automóvil golpeó al peatón no identificado, 32, quien caminaba por la calzada, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

After the hit-and-run accident, they said the suspect traveled with the victim’s remains to the back of the Dixie Lee Bait shop in Spring Hill. Strickland removed the remains from his vehicle and called his roommates to help him push the car back to his home, telling them he hit a deer, according to FHP.

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Joseph Charles Strickland, 28, de Weeki Wachee, viajaba en una carretera al norte de Tampa la madrugada del domingo cuando su automóvil golpeó al peatón no identificado, 32, quien caminaba por la calzada

Joseph Charles Strickland, 28, de Weeki Wachee, viajaba en una carretera al norte de Tampa la madrugada del domingo cuando su automóvil golpeó al peatón no identificado, 32, quien caminaba por la calzada (Hernando County Sheriff’s Office)

Once he arrived home, he allegedly spray-painted over the damage, showered and slept, ZORRO 13 of Tampa Bay reported.

The next morning, Strickland’s roommate examined the vehicle and contacted law enforcement because he didn’t believe the car hit a deer, según las autoridades. Around the same time, a human leg was spotted on the side of the road, near where the incident occurred, FHP said.

Using a cadaver dog, authorities found the rest of the body behind the bait shop. Troopers also went to Strickland’s home and found the vehicle.

The suspect attempted to flee, but deputies from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office captured him, FHP said.

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Strickland was arrested on charges that include leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, tampering with evidence, and having no valid driver’s license or insurance.

He also had a warrant for his arrest for bodily harm, gross negligence, felony criminal vehicle operation in Minnesota, ZORRO 13 informó.

The highway patrol said he rolled a car into a ditch last year as he tried to speed away from a trooper, according to KSTP-TV. Strickland and two of his passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and a third passenger was left in critical condition, de acuerdo con la station.

It’s unclear whether Strickland has a lawyer.

Weeki Wachee is about 50 miles north of Tampa.

The Associated Press contribuyó a este informe.