The Tampa Police Department is reporting that they found a victim’s earbuds still attached to the hood of the vehicle that struck her and fled the scene.
The unidentified woman was fatally struck around 11:00 p.m. on Thursday near Rowlett Park Drive, just north of Sligh Ave.
Authorities arrived to the area to find an “unresponsive black female lying in the roadway.”
The victim was transported to an area hospital where she later died.
Officials were able to find part numbers for debris left at the scene, which helped them identify the type of vehicle and the car’s owner.
When authorities found an address for the vehicle’s owner they went to the home and found the car parked in the driveway.
Authorities say the vehicle damage was “consistent with debris at the crash scene.” They also noticed that one of the victim’s Bluetooth earbuds was still on the hood of the car.
Officials learned that 63-year-old Arnold Perry was borrowing the car when he ran over the victim. Perry told police that he struck “an unknown object” in the roadway and continued driving.
Perry said he noticed damage to the headlight and informed the owner of the vehicle that he was involved in an accident but he did not attempt to contact law enforcement to report the accident.
He was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with death and taken into custody.
By Shirenna |