Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Underage driver accused of hitting 10-year-old on bicycle, fleeing

BROOKSVILLE — An underage driver was arrested Tuesday evening and accused of hitting a 10-year-old boy riding a bicycle and then leaving the scene, according to sheriff's officials.

A 15-year-old Brooksville boy was driving a two-door 1993 Cadillac west on Roper Road at about 6:30 p.m. when Dillion McGuinness rode his bicycle into the street, a report said. After the vehicle struck the bicyclist, the car sped away before being stopped about a quarter mile away.

McGuinness was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital with serious injuries but was later released.

The teenager was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury and driving without a valid driver's license. The Times is withholding his name because he is a juvenile.

At nearly the same moment, another young bicyclist was struck by a car in Homosassa.

Devin Howle, 15, was riding a BMX-style bike north on W Village Drive when he pedaled through a stop sign at the W Sasser Street intersection, authorities say.

Howle was struck by a Kia and thrown onto the vehicle's windshield.

He was taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries but has since been released.

The driver of the Kia was not charged.

Investigators say they later discovered the bicycle was not equipped with brakes.

John Woodrow Cox can be reached at or (352) 848-1432.

Underage driver accused of hitting 10-year-old on bicycle, fleeing 03/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa girl, 4, dies of gunshot reaching for candy


    TAMPA — One day last week, 4-year-old Yanelly Zoller reached into her grandmother's purse looking for candy, her father says.

    Nelly Zoller snuggles with her grandfather's dog, Venus. Her father says she went looking for candy in her grandmother's purse and found a gun instead. [Facebook]
  2. Mikhail Sergachev begins real Lightning audition vs. Carolina Hurricanes

    Lightning Strikes

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The spotlight will remain on Mikhail Sergachev throughout the Lightning preseason.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) on the ice during hockey training camp in preparation for the 2017-2018 season in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  3. Tampa police search for man in connection to Sunday killing (w/ video)


    TAMPA — Police released surveillance video of a man they believe might have information about a Sunday morning fatal shooting.

  4. Pinellas announces Hurricane Irma make-up day


    The Pinellas County school district has announced how it will make up one of the seven school days missed by Hurricane Irma.

    Residents make their way into Joseph L. Carwise Middle School to shelter ahead of Hurricane Irma Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 in Palm Harbor. The storm is forecasted to affect the Tampa Bay area overnight with winds subsiding Monday.
  5. Hooper: Hillsborough marks 100th anniversary of historic photo collection


    Everyone ends up with a favorite.

    Or two or three or 10.

    Rest assured, no one who adores Tampa Bay, appreciates art or cherishes history can explore the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection without storing at least one snapshot in the mental scrapbook.

    Part of the Burgert Brothers collection now featured through the Hillsborough Public Library shows a beer garden on Central Avenue in Tampa from July 1942. [Burgert Brothers collection]