GIBSONTON — A 35-year-old Tampa man was arrested Monday after he crashed into the back of a motorcyclist on Interstate 75 and then fled the scene, authorities said.
Frank Joseph Fischer was driving south in a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup approaching the Gibsonton Drive exit shortly after 1 a.m. when he collided with the back of a Suzuki GSX-R, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The motorcyclist, 23-year-old Chad Cagley or Riverview, was thrown from the bike and died at the scene, troopers said. The motorcycle caught fire after the impact.
Fischer continued driving and a witness to the crash followed him to the Lowe’s store at 10425 Gibsonton Drive, where his truck appeared to fail mechanically, according to an arrest report. The witness called law enforcement and Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies arrived and detained Fischer.
Investigators noticed the odor of alcohol on Fischer’s breath and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, the report says. He also showed signs of impairment while performing field sobriety exercises.
Fischer was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital-South due to “medical complaints” and refused to grant permission for a blood draw, so troopers obtained a warrant and collected a sample.
After he was medically cleared, Fischer was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on charges of DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash involving death.
Troopers closed all southbound lanes of the interstate for about six hours after the crash.