WESLEY CHAPEL — Two people are in custody after leading authorities on a nearly 13-hour, multi-county manhunt following a deadly hit-and-run crash in Wesley Chapel.
The Florida Highway Patrol said 31-year-old Cody Bearry, of Wesley Chapel, and a passenger, 23-year-old Breanna Lynn Wright of Dade City, are suspected of running a red light and killing a motorcyclist, then carjacking another car at a nearby gas station and fleeing the scene.
The crash took place about 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of State Road 54 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Pasco County. That's when a 2000 Dodge Dakota blew through a signal that had just turned red and crashed into Angel Rodriguez Fiallos, 26, of Wesley Chapel, who was riding a Harley-Davidson XL1200 motorcycle, troopers said. Fiallos, who was transported to an area hospital, died from his injuries. He was not wearing a helmet, troopers said.
The Dodge also struck a Nissan Altima, which was propelled into a fourth vehicle. The driver of the Altima suffered minor injuries.
A man and a woman in the truck, suspected to be Bearry and Wright, then ran across the highway to a Wawa gas station at 28225 State Road 54, which is less than a quarter-mile east of Interstate 75. There, they got into a fight with a motorist and carjacked his green 2002 Saturn before driving away east on State Road 54.
Troopers said Bearry and Wright were spotted in the stolen car more than six hours and 24 miles away from the fatal crash. A pursuit ended in the 6600 block of Knights Griffin Road in Plant City, troopers said. There, Wright was taken into custody, but Bearry, managed to run away.
Deputies from both the Hillsborough and Pasco Sheriff's offices continued searching for Bearry into the evening, tracking him through woods and a canal with help from Hillsborough's K9 units. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported that Bearry was in custody just before 8 p.m.
The accident led to the closure of several lanes of Wesley Chapel Boulevard for hours.
Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact the highway patrol at (813) 558-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 800-873-8477 (TIPS).
Contact Christopher O'Donnell at email@example.com or (813) 226-3446. Follow @codonnell_times.