Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Highway Patrol seeks driver in hit-and-run

SPRING HILL — Authorities are searching for a red Toyota that was in the area Friday night when a 47-year-old woman was killed after being struck twice by vehicles on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill.

The Florida Highway Patrol believes the driver of the Toyota may have hit Kimbal Hackett of Spring Hill, then fled the scene.

"We do need the public's help," said Larry Coggins, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol.

Authorities identified Hackett on Monday afternoon after contacting her family.

An unknown vehicle was traveling north on U.S. 19 about 11:30 p.m. Friday when it hit the woman, who had been walking in the outside lane. The vehicle fled the scene, FHP officials said.

The woman was knocked down, then hit again while on the roadway by a vehicle driven by Asja Atherton, 20, of Spring Hill, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FHP toll-free at 1-800-500-1240, ext. 169.

Driver faces charge
in road rage incident

SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill man charged with battery has been accused of following a man to his job and punching him during a road rage incident Friday night.

Michael Willy Linka, 34, remained in Hernando County Jail on Monday.

His bail amount wasn't immediately known as of Monday afternoon.

Derek Zakel, 21, told sheriff's deputies he was driving southbound to Red Lobster on Commercial Way when someone in a white Ford F-150 truck swerved into his lane and cut him off.

Zakel continued driving to Red Lobster, where he went to pick up his paycheck, according to the report from the Sheriff's Office.

When Zakel got out of his car, Linka allegedly pulled his truck up next to him and started cursing. The men exchanged words, deputies said, and when Zakel turned to go into the restaurant, Linka struck him on the left side of the face.

Linka then allegedly pulled Zakel to the ground by his shirt, and continued to punch Zakel while they were on the ground.

Deputies said Zakel managed to push Linka off him, and Linka got into his truck and left the scene.

Deputies were able to track down Linka at his home in the 5100 block of Montford Circle using a license plate number that was taken down by Zakel. Linka was arrested at his house.

Highway Patrol seeks driver in hit-and-run 05/12/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 3:37pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays set to activate Tommy Hunter from DL

    Blogs

    The Rays plan to activate RHP Tommy Hunter from the DL for Thursday's series finale against the Angels.

  2. Reporter says Republican candidate in Montana body-slammed him (w/video)

    Nation

    HELENA, Mont. — Witnesses said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat body-slammed a reporter Wednesday, the day before the polls close in the nationally watched special election. Authorities said late Wednesday that Greg Gianforte has been cited for misdemeanor assault over incident with …

    Greg Gianforte, right, receives congratulations from a supporter in Helena, Mont., in March. [Associated Press]
  3. Culpepper falls just short on 'Survivor' finale

    Human Interest

    In the end, Tampa lawyer Brad Culpepper fell just short, and the ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneer lost Survivor: Game Changers and the $1 million prize to Sarah Lacina, a police officer from Iowa.

  4. Families dispute claims that slain Tampa Palms roommates shared neo-Nazi beliefs

    Crime

    TAMPA — Andrew Oneschuk never liked making small talk on the phone, his father said, but the last time the two spoke, something seemed off.

    Andrew Oneschuk and Jeremy Himmelman lived in a Tampa Palms apartment with Devon Arthurs and Brandon Russell. Oneschuk and Himmelman reportedly planned to move out.
  5. Brad Culpepper makes it to final 3 on Survivor, but jury picks Sarah

    The Feed

    UPDATE, WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Tampa's Brad Culpepper make it to the final 3 on Survivor, but jurors chose Sarah as the winner of the $1 million.

    Original report follows:

    "The Tables Have Turned" - Brad Culpepper, Tai Trang and Hali Ford on the fourth episode of SURVIVOR: Game Changers on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Jeffrey Neira/CBS Entertainment