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Ruskin Man Charged in Hit and Run That Seriously Injured Motorcyclist

Marquez Davon Roberts | Arrests | Florida Highway Patrol

The crash closed a portion of southbound I-75 for almost five hours, FHP troopers say.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Ruskin man was arrested Sunday (March 7) in connection with a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a motorcycle driver.

The motorcyclist, a 32-year-old man from Bethlehem, PA, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He was not wearing a helmet, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

Arrested was Marquez Davon Roberts, 21, of Ruskin. Roberts was charged with one count of Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Serious Bodily Injury. He suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The crash happened about 2:45 a.m. on southbound I-7 at about Mile Marker 243 in Hillsborough County.

Troopers said the motorcyclist was traveling south “at a high rate of speed” when it overtook and collided with the rear of the sedan that Roberts was driving. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike, which came to rest in the I-75 travel lanes.

The sedan stopped, then continued south on I-75. Troopers later found the car in a parking lot at 3070 State Road 674 next to a McDonald’s. AAA was towing the car at Roberts’ request.

Troopers later found Roberts at his Ruskin home.

The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-75 from Big Bend Road to Sun City Center until about 7:30 a.m.

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