Thursday, February 22, 2018
Public safety

Driver with suspended license hit skateboarder in Brandon crash, deputies say

BRANDON — A 29-year-old driver was arrested early Thursday after he hit a skateboarder and left the scene of the crash without helping the injured man or calling 911, investigators said.

The driver, Ronald Cineas, 29, of Brandon, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injury and driving with a suspended license.

He remains in the Hillsborough County jail in lieu of $4,000 bail.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Cineas was driving an Isuzu pickup south on Providence Road just after midnight when he hit a skateboarder riding in the roadway.

The skateboarder, Jonathan D. Redding, 29, was riding his board in the bicycle lane of Providence Road at the time of the crash.

Redding was suffering life-threatening injuries as Cineas fled the scene without calling for help, deputies said.

A person who later witnessed Cineas' attempt to cover up damage to his windshield called 911, officials said.

He watched as Cineas got on his bicycle and started riding down Providence Ridge Boulevard, where he was stopped by a deputy.

Redding was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Cineas admitted hitting something on Providence Road, deputies said.

He has been charged with driving with a suspended license several times over the past decade, according to jail records.

Marissa Lang can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3386 or on Twitter @Marissa_Jae.

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