State DOT workers hold hit-and-run suspect until deputies arrive

Obispo T. Valentin, 25, faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and driving without a valid license.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Obispo T. Valentin, 25, faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and driving without a valid license.

WIMAUMA — Two state Department of Transportation workers held a hit-and-run suspect trying to flee the scene of an accident Thursday until deputies arrived, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

A Ford pickup was heading west on County Road 672 and tried to make a left onto Balm Wimauma Road when it struck a motorcyclist, the Sheriff's Office said.

The truck continued on, but was eventually stopped by the two DOT workers, William McDonald and Thomas Wilhelmsen. They held the driver, Obispo T. Valentin, 25, until deputies arrived.

The motorcyclist, Brandon Collett, 22, was flown to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition.

Valentin faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and driving without a valid license. He also faces a federal immigration charge, records show.

Valentin was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where he remained Friday.

State DOT workers hold hit-and-run suspect until deputies arrive 02/08/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 4:24pm]

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