Tampa Man Accused in Hit-and-Run Death of Bicyclist
He turned himself in, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Tampa man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist Wednesday (Oct. 18), the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Aristeo Antonio Pascual, 45, of Brandon , died at the scene.
Christopher Jeremiah Cole, 44, of Tampa, was charged with one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.
The crash happened about 3:40 a.m. on the eastbound exit ramp of I-4 leading to U.S. 301. Troopers said Cole was driving a 2016 Mercedes Benz C300 when he overtook and hit Mr. Pascual who was riding a bicycle on the ramp. The impact knocked Mr. Pascual from his bike.
After the crash, troopers said, Cole fled. Later Wednesday, the Tampa Police Department contacted the FHP with a tip about the location of the Mercedes.
Soon after the FHP seized the car, Cole surrendered at FHP headquarters.
For information about the FHP, go to flhsmv.gov.
Photos of bicycle and car courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol.
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