The man accused of an Orlando, Florida, hit-and-run last year that killed one teen and injured the teen’s brother was arrested and taken to jail on Thursday morning. Charged with felony failure to stop at a crash with a death, he faces 30 years in prison.
The accused is a 30-year-old man who the Florida Highway Patrol says was driving a white Pontiac Grand Am that hit the 15-year-old brothers on the morning of November 3, 2010. The boys had been walking toward a bus stop off Valencia College Lane at Vista Palma Way when the Grand Am swerved off the road, plowed into them with the right front bumper, and then continued on. Both boys were discovered bleeding in a ditch and were transported to local hospitals. One brother had to be removed from life support, while the other suffered serious injuries.
The driver, who had a suspended license, was found later in the day in a Publix parking lot. Blood was taken but did not test positive for alcohol.
Though no eyewitnesses could confirm that the man was the hit-and-run driver, blood tests have now indicated that he was the driver. Blood taken from the inside of the man’s car had to be sent off for testing—a several-months-long process.
“It has taken several months for us to get all the evidence, both physical and the blood that was processed so we could make the strongest case possible,” said Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to WFTV, the driver has had “at least 22 prior traffic-related violations, including a conviction for leaving the scene of an accident in 2008. Records indicate he has a total of four DUIs.”
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