Arrest Made in Bicycle Hit and Run That Killed Medical Researcher

Arrest Made in Bicycle Hit and Run That Killed Medical Researcher

A few weeks ago we did a post on a University of South Florida medical researcher that was tragically killed in hit and run bicycle accident. Recently, the driver who is suspected of being responsible for the bicycle accident has been arrested. Clues to the suspected driver’s arrests were facilitated by the actual owner of the vehicle who lent the SUV involved in the accident to the suspected driver.

The 30 year-old medical researcher was killed on her way home from the University of South Florida’s molecular medicine department on September 25. The day after, the owner of the SUV that struck the medical researcher called the Sheriff’s office. The owner explained his Ford Explorer had damage to its front passenger side. He explained to the Sheriff’s office that he had lent his vehicle to his sister’s boyfriend and had heard about the bicycle accident. The owner further explained to authorities he thought his vehicle may have been involved in the accident because the boyfriend could not explain the vehicle’s damage.

According to court records by a truck accident attorney Baton Rouge, the boyfriend told the owner that he had hit something but did not know what it was and later claimed that he had hit two deer. Believing the boyfriend to be the driver, detectives arrested him last Tuesday on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death. Detectives have been collecting evidence and conducting interviews since the bike accident occurred one month ago because there were not any witnesses to the fatal bike accident. In a traffic fatality case, investigators have to collect enough evidence to demonstrate probable cause that the arrested individual was the driver.