Arrest Made In Hit-And-Run Crash That Claimed Life Of 28-Year-Old Father
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A 22-year-old woman was arrested in connection to a deadly hit-and-run crash, West Palm Beach police said.
She is being charged with vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended license, tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of a deadly crash.
The crash happened on South Dixie Highway between Summa Street and Alhambra Place, according to police. A man was hit by a car and left in the street as the driver fled the scene. His wife and children were there when the crash happened.
The suspect vehicle, a dark-colored Camaro, was found two days later at 1029 North Tamarind Ave., thanks to an anonymous tipster.
Police say the damage to the car was consistent with the parts recovered.
Further investigation led police to a windshield company who said they received several recorded phone calls from someone the day before the Camaro was found, asking about a new windshield for a 2015 Camaro.
The woman initially told police she wasn’t driving and couldn’t drive due to her suspended license, which she was recently arrested for. She said she didn’t know about the crash and that the car belonged to someone else. However, when police interviewed that person, he told police he was sleeping at the time of the crash and the woman had the car.
Police say they were tipped off about a male passenger who was in the car with the woman at the time of the crash. Police contacted the man and he told them the woman picked him up that night and they went to a liquor store in Lake Worth.
While they were driving on South Dixie Highway, he noticed the man walking into the street, according to police. He told the woman, who was speeding, to watch out. She tried to swerve, but ended up hitting the man.
She fled the scene saying she didn’t have insurance and was on SOR (Supervised Own Recognizance).
He told police he tried to get out of the car several times, but the door was stuck. She later dropped him back at the hotel he was staying at which was caught on the hotel’s security camera. A test later showed the woman’s DNA was found all over the Camaro.
She has been taken into custody at the time of this report.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “A Hit-and-run is one of the worst type of accidents. When that person that fled the scene is caught you have rights that are different then in a regular car crash. Make sure you speak to a licensed professional about your rights”.
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