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FHP Hit and Run Investigations

If you were involved in a "hit and run" in Hillsborough County, Polk County or Pasco County, then your case might be investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol. Call an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss an active "hit and run" investigation either before or after an arrest is made.

Charges can include "leaving the scene of a crash" involving either attended or unattended property (sometimes called "failure to remain"). More serious felony charges occur if you left the scene of a crash involving personal injury, serious bodily injury or death.

Never make a statement to any law enforcement officer after a criminal investigation begins for leaving the scene of a crash. Instead, seek out the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The criminal defense attorneys in Tampa, FL, at the Sammis Law Firm are experienced in representing clients in both misdemeanor and felony "hit and run" cases under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, Troop C, and other local law enforcement agencies.

Call 813-250-0500 today to discuss your case.


FHP Hit and Run Investigations in Troop C in Hillsborough County, FL

The Florida Highway Patrol website publishes information about pending and active investigations for hit-and-run under investigation. The Florida Highway Patrol, Troop C, Troop C is divided into four districts.

  • District I encompasses Hillsborough County
  • District II covers Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, and Sumter counties
  • District III oversees Patrol Operations for Pinellas County and Troop C Special Operations

Special Operations is responsible for all special details throughout the entire Troop C area including:

  • Traffic Homicide Investigations within the Hillsborough and Pinellas county areas
  • Operations and the Contraband Interdiction Operations
  • Troops Public Information Office
  • the Office of Recruiting and Employment Selection

District IV is responsible for the Troop supply and equipment management, and for patrol operations in Polk County.


Statutory Authority of the Florida Highway Patrol 

The powers and duties of the Florida Highway Patrol are established in Chapter 321 of the Florida Statutes. 

321.05 Duties, functions, and powers of patrol officers.—

The members of the Florida Highway Patrol are hereby declared to be conservators of the peace and law enforcement officers of the state, with the common-law right to arrest a person who, in the presence of the arresting officer, commits a felony or commits an affray or breach of the peace constituting a misdemeanor, with full power to bear arms; and they shall apprehend, without warrant, any person in the unlawful commission of any of the acts over which the members of the Florida Highway Patrol are given jurisdiction as hereinafter set out and deliver him or her to the sheriff of the county that further proceedings may be had against him or her according to law. In the performance of any of the powers, duties, and functions authorized by law, members of the Florida Highway Patrol have the same protections and immunities afforded other peace officers, which shall be recognized by all courts having jurisdiction over offenses against the laws of this state, and have authority to apply for, serve, and execute search warrants, arrest warrants, capias, and other process of the court. The patrol officers under the direction and supervision of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall perform and exercise throughout the state the following duties, functions, and powers:

(1) To patrol the state highways and regulate, control, and direct the movement of traffic thereon; to maintain the public peace by preventing violence on highways; to apprehend fugitives from justice; to enforce all laws now in effect regulating and governing traffic, travel, and public safety upon the public highways and providing for the protection of the public highways and public property thereon; to make arrests without warrant for the violation of any state law committed in their presence in accordance with the laws of this state; providing that no search shall be made unless it is incident to a lawful arrest, to regulate and direct traffic concentrations and congestions; to enforce laws governing the operation, licensing, and taxing and limiting the size, weight, width, length, and speed of vehicles and licensing and controlling the operations of drivers and operators of vehicles; to cooperate with officials designated by law to collect all state fees and revenues levied as an incident to the use or right to use the highways for any purpose; to require the drivers of vehicles to stop and exhibit their driver’s licenses, registration cards, or documents required by law to be carried by such vehicles; to investigate traffic accidents, secure testimony of witnesses and of persons involved, and make report thereof with copy, when requested in writing, to any person in interest or his or her attorney; to investigate reported thefts of vehicles and to seize contraband or stolen property on or being transported on the highways. Each patrol officer of the Florida Highway Patrol is subject to and has the same arrest and other authority provided for law enforcement officers generally in chapter 901 and has statewide jurisdiction. Each officer also has arrest authority as provided for state law enforcement officers in s. 901.15. This section shall not be construed as being in conflict with, but is supplemental to, chapter 933.

(2) To assist other constituted law enforcement officers of the state to quell mobs and riots, guard prisoners, and police disaster areas. 

(3)     (a)To make arrests while in fresh pursuit of a person believed to have violated the traffic and other laws.

         (b)To make arrest of a person wanted for a felony or against whom a warrant has been issued on any charge in violation of federal, state, or county laws or municipal ordinances. 


January 27, 2015

Hillsborough County

Interstate 4 East of US-301

Vehicle-2 had been traveling westbound on I-4 east of US-301, became disabled and was parked on the outside shoulder of the roadway. Driver-2 was outside of the vehicle near the left rear of V-2. V-1 was traveling westbound on I-4 in the outside lane. V-1 traveled onto the outside shoulder and collided with D-2, who sustained fatal injuries and expired at the scene of the crash. V-1 continued westbound on I-4 without stopping. V-1 is believed to be a red nissan sedan.

Update: using part numbers from debris located at the scene of the fatal crash, troopers have narrowed the search for the suspect vehicle to a red nissan altima model years 2012-2014. ** The photo serves as a reference of the hit and run vehicle make, model and color

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact crime stoppers or the FHP by Calling 813-631-4020.


January 21, 2015

Pinellas County

Fox Chase Blvd. @ U.S. 19

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

A vehicle traveling eastbound on Fox Chase Blvd. stopped at the stop sign for U.S. 19 when another vehicle also traveling eastbound rear-ended the first vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle then fled on foot from the scene. The second vehicle had been reported stolen by the Tampa Police Department.

Anyone with information concerning this crash or the identity of the driver of the second vehicle is asked to contact the FHP by calling 813-631-4020 or Crime Stoppers.


December 6, 2014,

Hillsborough County

Interstate 275 @ Fowler Avenue

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

V-1 was traveling southbound on Interstate 275 approaching the exit for Fowler Avenue in the center lane at a high rate of speed. V-2 was traveling southbound on Interstate 275 in the center lane at the Fowler Avenue. V-1 failed to slow and collided with the rear of V-2. Postimpact, V-2 rotated clockwise, traveled off the roadway and collided with the west guardrail. Deflecting off the guardrail, V-2 continued to rotate and came to final rest in the inside left lane of I-275. V-1 came to final rest in the center lane of I-275. Following the crash, both the driver and passenger of V-1 fled the scene on foot.

Anyone with information concerning this crash or the identity of the occupants of V-1 are asked to contact the FHP by calling 813-631-4020.


October 15, 2014,

Pasco County

US Hwy19 @ Mile Stretch Drive

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

Vehicle 1 was traveling southbound on US Highway 19 at Mile Stretch Drive. Pedestrian 1 was walking westbound across US Highway 19 south of Mile Stretch Drive. Pedestrian 1 then traveled into the southbound lanes and into the direct path of Vehicle 1. As a result, Vehicle 1 struck Pedestrian 1. Vehicle 1 left the scene of the crash. Pedestrian 1, sustaining fatal injuries at the scene, came to final rest came to final rest in the right turn lane of southbound US Highway 19. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the FHP by calling 813-631-4020 or Crime Stoppers.

Update: Investigators have located an outside mirror from a red BMW and believe this may be part of the suspect vehicle.

Update #2: A red 2003 BMW 325ci convertible has been recovered this afternoon at Ben's Auto Salvage located at 4707 Voorhees Road in New Port Richey where it was sold this morning by its owner. The vehicle will undergo forensic tests to confirm its connection to the fatal crash. Anyone with information regarding this case is once again asked to contact the FHP.


October 3, 2014,

Citrus County

SB US Hwy 19 north of W. Venable Street

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

A pedestrian was walking northbound in the center of the southbound lanes of US Hwy 19. A vehicle was traveling southbound in the inside lane. The right front of the vehicle collided with the pedestrian. The vehicle continued traveling south on US Hwy 19 without stopping, rendering aid or contacting law enforcement.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the FHP by calling 813-631-4020 or Crime Stoppers.


September 21, 2014,

Pasco County

CR-581 (Bellamy Brothers Blvd.) north of Bayhead Road

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

On September 21st at 8:32 AM, V-1 was traveling northbound on County Road 581 (Bellamy Brothers Blvd). V-2, a bicyclist, was traveling northbound on CR-581. For reasons unknown, D-1 failed to observe V-2. As a result, the front of V-1 collided with V-2. Post-impact, V-2 and D-2 were propelled to final rest on the northbound shoulder of CR-581. D-1 failed to stop and render aid. V-1 was described as a red or burgundy colored mid-sized SUV and may have front-end damage due to the collision.

Update: Troopers have recovered a red 2010 Jeep Liberty believed to be involved in the collision that injured Julio Vivo. Troopers continue to work to identify the hit and run driver and again are seeking information from the public. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol by calling 813-631-4020 or Crime Stoppers.

Photos courtesy of FHP ? the Jeep Liberty was recovered from a residence on Cudjoe Lane in Land O Lakes. Forensic specialists are working to recover evidence from the vehicle currently.


September 22, 2014,

Pasco County

SR-39 (Paul Buchman Hwy) south of Central Avenue

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

On September 22nd at 9:55 PM, Vehicle-1 was traveling northbound on SR-39 approaching Central Avenue in the left turn lane towing Vehicle-2. Vehicle-3 was traveling southbound on SR-39 south of Central Avenue. Under tow, V-2 attempted to enter the parking lot of 1449 Paul Buchman Hwy which was the parking lot of a Circle K gas station. Due to this action, the tow strap attaching V-1 and V-2 extended across SR-39. As a result, the front of V-3 collided with the tow strap which propelled V-1 southbound. V-1 overturned and Driver-1 was ejected from the ATV in the southbound lane. V-2 entered the parking lot of the Circle K, pumped gas from pump number #2 and then promptly left the scene of the crash. V-3 continued southbound and came to a controlled to just south of the area of collision on the west shoulder facing south. D-1 sustained fatal injuries and expired at the scene of the crash.

Anyone with information concerning D-2, V-2 or its passengers is asked to contact the FHP by calling 813-631-4020.


September 26, 2014,

Hillsborough County

SR-618 EB / East of 50th Street

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

On September 26th at 2:43 am, HCSO and FHP responded to a pedestrian hit and run crash eastbound on SR-618 just east of 50th Street. Rick Burgos entered the eastbound lanes of SR-618 and was struck by an unknown vehicle traveling eastbound on SR-618. Burgos was located with serious injuries and transported to Tampa General Hospital for medical care where he remains in stable condition. No traffic video exists and no further information is available regarding the hit and run driver or vehicle.

Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to contact the fhp by calling 813-631-4020 or Crime Stoppers.


April 15, 2014

Hillsborough County

N/B U.S. 301 (SR 43) south of Stanford Rd

On April 15th at 1:41 a.m., a vehicle was traveling northbound on US-301. A pedestrian, for unknown reasons, was laying in the northbound lane of US-301 just south of Stanford Road. As a result, the front of the vehicle struck the pedestrian who sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash. The vehicle failed to stop and continued northbound on US-301.


Car parts found at the scene of the crash are consistent with a white Chrysler PT cruiser, 2006-2009 model year. The vehicle would have sustained damage to the lower front bumper cover and would be missing part of the inner wheel liner on one of the wheels.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the FHP by calling 813-631-4020 or by contacting Crime Stoppers.


May 10, 2014

Hernando County

Landover Blvd north of Thornberry Drive

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

On May 10th at 8:50 PM, Vehicle 1 was traveling northbound on Landover Boulevard, north of Thornberry Drive, approaching two pedestrians walking along the road edge on the east grass shoulder. David Matthew Smith, 44, of Spring Hill was walking adjacent to the roadway. Dannielle Nicole Gibbons, 25, also of Spring Hill, was walking next to Smith. Vehicle 1 partially left the roadway, traveled onto the east shoulder and collided with Smith. Smith sustained serious injuries and was transported to Oak Hill Hospital, then later transferred to Bayonet Point.

Vehicle 1 could only be described as a dark-colored, late model car with suspected heavy front right end and headlight damage. Any witnesses to this crash or anyone with information concerning the vehicle of the identity of the driver are asked to contact the FHP by calling 813-631-4020 or contact Crime Stoppers.


April 1, 2014

Hernando County

SR-50 east of US Hwy 301

On April 1st at 7:30 AM, FHP troopers responded to a fatal hit and run crash on SR-50 approximately two miles east of US Hwy 301. It was determined that a 44-year-old male had been traveling westbound on the paved apron of SR-50 on a bicycle with reflectors, but no lights between 6:30 and 7:30 AM. A late model vehicle departed the westbound lane and struck the bicyclist on the paved apron. Following the collision, the vehicle continued traveling westbound on SR-50. FHP investigators recovered headlight and fog light lense covers and fragments at the scene of the crash. The bicyclist sustained fatal injuries.

Any witnesses to the crash or anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to contact the FHP by calling 813-631-4020 or contact Crime Stoppers.


November 15, 2013

Pasco County

Trouble Creek Road (CR-518)

Vehicle 1 was traveling west on Trouble Creek Road approaching Iris Dr. behind Vehicle 2. Vehicle 2 was stopped in traffic facing west on Trouble Creek Road at the Intersection of Iris Dr. behind Vehicle 3. Vehicle 3 was stopped in traffic facing west on Trouble Creek Road at the Intersection of Iris Dr. ahead of Vehicle 2. For unknown reasons, the driver of Vehicle 1 failed to observe the stopped traffic ahead of his vehicle. The front of Vehicle 1 collided with the rear of Vehicle 2. This collision forced Vehicle 2 forward, resulting in the front of Vehicle 2 striking the rear of Vehicle 3. After the collision, Vehicle 1 left the scene of the crash. Upon the arrival of the trooper vehicles 2 and 3 had been removed from the roadway.

A license plate of 152VJA was provided for Vehicle 1. As of January 3, 2014, the suspect vehicle has not been located.

Anyone with information concerning this traffic crash, please contact the Florida Highway patrol by calling 813-631-4020.


November 4, 2012

Hillsborough County

US Highway 301 north of Willow Road

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

In the early morning hours of November 4, 2012, Vehicle 1 was traveling northbound on US Hwy 301. Vehicle 2 was traveling southbound on US Hwy 301. The roadway was dark and heavy fog was present which reduced visibility significantly. As the two vehicles passed each other, Vehicle 1 departed its lane and traveled partially into the southbound lane where the left front side of Vehicle 1 struck the left rear side of Vehicle 2. Post-impact, Alexander Klim, 20, of Brandon, Florida lost control of Vehicle 2 which traveled from the southbound lane, across the northbound lane and onto the grass shoulder. Once on the shoulder Vehicle 2 collided with a fence and subsequently struck a tree. Vehicle 1 failed to stop and left the scene of the crash. Miguel Colon, 22, of Brandon, who was a passenger in Vehicle 2, sustained critical injuries and later expired at Tampa General Hospital on November 10, 2012. To date, no information exists concerning Vehicle 1 or Driver 1.

Anyone with information concerning this cold case is asked to contact the Corporal Cheshire of the Florida Highway Patrol by calling 813-631-4020.


May 16, 2013

Pinellas County

US Hwy 19 North @ 298th Avenue North

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

At 12:42 AM, a 28-year-old female bicyclist from Clearwater, Florida was traveling northbound in the outside turn lane of US Hwy 19 North approaching the intersection of 298th Avenue North. A white 2005 Hyundai 4-door traveling north overtook and collided with the bicyclist. The Hyundai and its driver then fled the crash scene. Ejected onto the roadway, the bicyclist remained there for a short period of time until being overrun by a 2012 Mercedes driven by Shereef Adel Moawad, 49, of Palm Harbor, Florida. The bicyclist was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where she later expired from her injuries. The Hyundai was later located abandoned by law enforcement and with the assistance of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit, an unsuccessful attempt was made to locate the hit-and-run driver. NOK is pending for the bicyclist at this time; no charges are pending against Shereef Moawad.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the FHP by calling 813-631-4020.


June 6, 2013

Hillsborough County

Southbound on SR-580 (Dale Mabry Hwy) in the inside lane, south of Waters Avenue

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

Vehicle 1, a red pickup truck (unknown make / model), was traveling southbound on SR-580 in the inside lane, south of Waters Avenue. Pedestrian 1 was walking southeast, across the southbound lanes of SR-580. Pedestrian 1 entered the inside lane and walked into the path of Vehicle 1. As a result, the front of Vehicle 1 struck Pedestrian 1. Post-impact, Pedestrian 1 came to rest in the inside lane of SR-580. Driver 1 failed to stop and render aid as required by Florida law; rather the Driver fled the area traveling south on SR-580. Pedestrian 1 was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with critical injuries.

Anyone with information concerning this traffic crash, specifically details regarding Vehicle 1 and Driver 1, is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol by calling 813-631-4020.


June 6, 2013

Pasco County

State Road 52 @ Choctaw Trail

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

On the wet, rainy evening of June 6, 2013, Vehicle 1 was traveling east on SR-52 in a left turn lane approaching Choctaw Trail. Vehicle 2 was traveling west on SR-52 in the inside lane approaching Choctaw Trail. Vehicle 1 turned left (north) onto Choctaw Trail directly into the path of Vehicle 2. As a result, the front of Vehicle 1 collided with the left side of Vehicle 2. The impact caused Vehicle 2 to rotate in a counter clockwise direction and come to final rest facing south in the outside and center lanes of westbound SR-52. Vehicle 1 was last seen traveling north on Choctaw Trail as the driver failed to stop for the collision. Vehicle 1 is described as an older Ford pickup truck, dark in color, and possibly a F150/250 model. Several vehicle parts were collected at the scene from Vehicle 1 which appeared to be after-market front grill, fog lamp assemblies, and the right turn signal assembly.

Anyone with information concerning this crash is asked to contact Trooper Mike Hollis of the Florida Highway Patrol by calling 813-631-4020.


July 13, 2013

Hillsborough County

Interstate 4 west of Interstate 75

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

Vehicle 1, described as a blue pickup truck, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 4 in the left lane approaching Interstate 75. Vehicle 2, a motorcycle, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 4 in the center lane approaching Interstate 75. Vehicle 1 changed lanes and moved into the path of Vehicle 2. During the lane change, the rear of Vehicle 1 collided with the front tire of Vehicle 2. Driver 2 lost control of the motorcycle which overturned and was ejected onto the roadway. Post-crash, Vehicle 2 caught fire and as a result the left and center lanes of Interstate 4 were closed for one hour. Driver 1 failed to stop at the scene of the crash and was last seen traveling eastbound on I-4.

Anyone with information concerning this crash is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol by calling 813-631-4020.


August 4, 2013

Pasco County

State Road 54 @ Coats Road (Zephyrhills Plaza Parking Lot)

Vehicle 1, described possibly as a blue sport utility vehicle of unknown make or model, was stopped facing south in the Zephyrhills Plaza Parking Lot located at SR-54 and Coats Road. Pedestrian 1 was traversing the parking lot and approached Vehicle 1 when the vehicle began to travel southbound in the parking lot. Vehicle 1 struck Pedestrian 1 who sustained fatal injuries and expired at the scene of the crash. Driver 1 failed to remain at the scene of the crash.

To date, investigators with the FHP have tracked several leads in the case without success. Again the FHP is seeking anyone with information concerning this fatal crash to contact Corporal Toni Shields or by calling the Florida Highway Patrol at 813-631-4020. A reward from CrimeStoppers remains at $3,000 in this case.


October 25, 2013

Pasco County

US Hwy 19 approaching Avery Road.

Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation:

On October 25th at 4:04 PM, Vehicle 1 was traveling northbound on US Hwy 19 approaching Avery Road. Vehicle 2, a 13 year old bicyclist, was traversing US Hwy 19. Vehicle 1 collided with the bicyclist who sustained serious injuries and was transported to St. Joseph's All Childrens Hospital. Post-impact, Vehicle 1 fled the scene of the crash and was last seen completing a U-turn and traveling southbound on US Hwy 19. Vehicle 1 was described as a red late-model Toyota Camry with front end collision damage and driven by an unknown driver. Brena Carter, 13, of New Port Richey was last listed in serious, but stable condition at the hospital.

Update: Through further investigation it has been determined that Vehicle 1 was traveling west and exiting a driveway onto US Hwy 19. Vehicle 1 collided with Brena Carter who was riding her bicycle along the sidewalk. Post-impact, Vehicle 1 fled the scene without stopping southbound on US Hwy 19.

Any witnesses or those with information concerning this incident are asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol by calling 813-631-4020.