Joseph Charles Strickland, 28, di Weeki Wachee, stava viaggiando su una strada a nord di Tampa domenica presto quando la sua auto ha colpito il pedone non identificato, 32, che camminava lungo la carreggiata, 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, secondo FHP.
Once he arrived home, he allegedly spray-painted over the damage, showered and slept, VOLPE 13 of Tampa Bay reported.
La prossima mattina, Strickland’s roommate examined the vehicle and contacted law enforcement because he didn’t believe the car hit a deer, secondo le autorità. Nello stesso periodo, 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.
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, VOLPE 13 segnalato.
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, secondo il stazione.
It’s unclear whether Strickland has a lawyer.
Weeki Wachee is about 50 miglia a nord di Tampa.
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