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Suspect in fatal August hit-and-run surrenders to Hillsborough authorities

TAMPA — A man sought in the August death of a pedestrian who was run over by a car in North Tampa turned himself in to authorities Monday.

Deputies had issued an arrest warrant Friday for Howard Earl Warren, 30, of Tampa, charging him with leaving the scene of an accident with death. Warren turned himself in Monday afternoon at the Orient Road Jail.

Warren was identified as the driver of a 2000 Nissan Altima that hit Shelly Jo Morganski, 44, about 12:30 a.m. Aug. 26 at the intersection of N 11th Street and 124th Avenue, deputies said.

Video from the Eye-on-Crime program — a Sheriff's Office project using utility pole cameras to monitor crime in University area neighborhoods — recorded Morganski walking partially across 124th Avenue before collapsing.

The Nissan, driving south, ran over her body as she lay in the road. The car then drove away.

Morganski died at the scene.

Warren has a lengthy record of arrests and convictions — including for prostitution, possession of cocaine, marijuana and illegal prescription drugs, and resisting arrest — dating to 1996, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

He was being held Monday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Suspect in fatal August hit-and-run surrenders to Hillsborough authorities 12/12/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2011 11:46pm]
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