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

Published Mar. 21, 2012

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.