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Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — A Weeki Wachee man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and evidence tampering after a collision Tuesday night in which a homeless man on a bicycle was killed.

Darrin James Spivey, 31, was taken into custody Thursday night by Brooksville police. He was booked into the Hernando County Jail and remained behind bars Friday in lieu of $30,000 bail.

The collision occurred about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday while David Williams was riding his bike north on Broad Street between Saxon Avenue and Mondon Hill Road, just east of downtown Brooksville. A passing motorist saw the bicycle lying on the side of the road and called authorities.

Williams, 51, was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police accuse Spivey of hitting Williams with his green 1993 Chevy pickup truck, leaving the scene of the collision and driving until his vehicle became inoperable. Spivey then called a friend to get a ride home, police said.

Police Chief George Turner said a number of people called with tips over the next day, leading them to Spivey. Within hours, Spivey called police and went to Police Department headquarters for an interview.

During the interview, Spivey told detectives that he had been fishing and hanging out with his girlfriend before he struck Williams later that evening. The police investigation found that Spivey's truck veered to the right over the solid white line on the road, hitting Williams.

Spivey told officers that he'd had a few beers during the day, Turner said. Spivey also later admitted to leaving the scene and making repairs to his truck by replacing a broken headlight and the dented hood.

"We're trying to put together a timeline and find out exactly where he was prior to the accident," Turner said. "We really can't determine whether alcohol played a role in the accident or not. The investigation is not over."

Spivey, a registered sex offender, has had several run-ins with the law.

He has been arrested on a number of charges dating back to February 1995, including burglary, grand theft, DUI and lewd and lascivious molestation.

Times researcher Will Gorham contributed to this report. Joel Anderson can be reached at or (352) 754-6120.

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