Naked Man Who Jumped on Car Dies, Tampa Police Say
Tampa police have identified the naked man who died Wednesday (Dec. 28) after he jumped on cars and repeatedly smashed his head against a car windshield.
TAMPA – Police said a naked man who jumped on a car in the middle of Dale Mabry Highway and beat his head against the windshield has died.
Nathan Howard Hamilton, 39, was pronounced dead at a hospital where he was taken after the incident. Tampa police said he had been arrested Sept. 26 for driving with a license cancelled, suspended, or revoked.
The incident that caused his death began about 5:36 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 28) Howard Johnson where Mr. Hamilton had a room. Witnesses told police they heard screaming and yelling and then Mr. Hamilton appeared in front of the motel without any clothes. Police said there is no evidence that anyone was in the room with him.
Police said he apparently broke a window outside one of the adjoining rooms then ran across Dale Mabry Highway where he was nearly struck by a car in the southbound lanes. The car stopped, and Mr. Hamilton jumped on it. He began kicking the car and hitting his head on the windshield. The car began moving forward and Mr. Hamilton remained on the car.
The car stopped just south of Spruce Street in front of a Denny’s restaurant. Officers said Mr. Hamilton continued to hit his head on the car. He suffered injuries to his head, face, and legs from striking the car. A witness who called 911 said the man appeared to be on drugs.
An officer who arrived on the scene said he was unable to restrain Mr. Hamilton. An attempt to deploy a taser was unsuccessful. Eventually, several officers were able to handcuff Mr. Hamilton. Several times, police said they saw Mr. Hamilton appear to lose consciousness and then continue to act aggressively. Mr. Hamilton was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
At this time, the cause of death has not been determined. The case remains under investigation.
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