A hit-and-run case that happened last week in Tampa, Florida, has been solved.
Around 11 p.m. last Thursday night, the Tampa Police Department received a call of a traffic crash on Rowlett Park Drive, just outside downtown.
Officers arrived to find an “unresponsive black female lying in the roadway.” The 18 year old victim was taken to a local hospital, where she died of her injuries.
Investigators quickly tracked down leads, including vehicle debris in the street containing part numbers belonging to a 2003-2005 Honda Pilot.
The following day, officers were able to locate the registered address of the vehicle, and responded to the home where the car was parked in the driveway.
The SUV, a 2005 Honda Pilot, had sustained damage “consistent with debris at the crash scene” and one of the victim’s Bluetooth earbuds was still present on the hood.
Cops determined that the individual behind the wheel when the crash occurred was Arnold Perry, 63. He was not the registered owner.
In a post-Miranda interview, Perry admitted to striking “an unknown object” — without stopping.
When he returned home, he said he observed damage to the headlight and told the car’s owner he was involved in a crash.
But at no point did Perry attempt to contact law enforcement to report the accident.
Perry was arrested Friday and transported to the Orient Road Jail, charged with leaving the scene of a crash with death.