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Deputies arrest man in Lithia hit-and-run crash that injured bicyclist

TAMPA — Deputies arrested a man they say was involved in a Sunday hit-and-run crash in Lithia that left a bicyclist injured.

Deputies arrested Theodore Gabriel Atamanuk, 42, late Sunday near Boyette Road and Boyette Creek Boulevard.

Atamanuk faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash with injury and three counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage. He was being held without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

About 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Atamanuk, who was driving a silver Hyundai Tiburon, slammed into the rear of a Kia on FishHawk Boulevard near Lithia Pinecrest Road, deputies said.

The incident caused the Kia to spin off the road and strike Frederick Mathis, 28, of Brandon, as he rode his bicycle. Mathis fell to the ground, and the driver of the Hyundai left the scene, deputies said.

Mathis was taken to Brandon Regional Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

The Hyundai Tiburon was found abandoned about 3 p.m. at Boyette and Raulerson roads.

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