Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

Arrest made in fatal I-4 hit-and-run

TAMPA — A paint chip left at the scene of Tuesday's fatal hit-and-run crash on an Interstate 4 overpass led to an arrest.

Christopher Kimmel, 23, of Valrico, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.

The section of missing green paint on his 1999 Ford Ranger matched a sample found at the crash scene, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

The crash happened at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday on the U.S. 92 overpass over I-4. The victim, Michael Duriel Lee, 30, of Tampa, was traveling east on a bicycle on the overpass when officials say he was struck by Kimmel's truck. Lee was thrown over the guardrail and fell to his death below. Officers say Kimmel did not stop.

An anonymous tip led authorities to find the truck at Ben's Restaurant on Brandon Boulevard, where Kimmel works. The hood was damaged and the windshield was cracked. Officials say he came into work Tuesday after the crash with a cut to his head. Jail records list him as a cook.

He was held on $15,000 bail.

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