Update: 'Person of Interest' in Fatal Hillsborough Ave. Hit and Run Found

Tampa Police said they have a suspect who is charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license, and they are looking for surveillance footage from car washes near the scene.

Update, 12:04 p.m.:

Detectives said they have located "a person of interest" in Monday night's fatal hit and run and charged him with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

A witness at the scene of the crash in the 3100 block of West Hillsborough Avenue, in which a Central Tampa resident and bicyclist was killed, provided officers with a description of the suspect's vehicle, a white 2006 Chevy Trailblazer SUV, and its Florida license plate number.

"Once officers ran the tag, they set up surveillance at the registered vehicle owner's home," a Tampa Police spokesperson wrote in a media release.

When the suspect arrived home at 12:30 a.m., detectives questioned and charged him. The suspect's identity has not been released.

The SUV had front-end damage "consistent with hitting a cyclist," according to officials. The vehicle was also wet, indicating it was recently washed. Detectives said they believe the suspect used a self-serve car wash and are asking car wash businesses within a several-mile radius of Columbus Drive and North Boulevard to examine their surveillance video from Monday night, between 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130 or Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.


Detectives are investigating an overnight hit and run that left a Central Tampa man dead.

Humberto Saez, 43, was riding his bicycle eastbound in the 3100 block of West Hillsborough Ave. shortly after 7:30 p.m. Monday when he was struck by an SUV, according to Tampa Police.

Saez, of 5911 N. Eustace Ave., was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with a serious head injury. He died Monday morning as a result of the injury, police said in a media release.

Detectives said they "have good leads" on the identity of the driver, who fled the scene of the incident in a white 2006 Chevy SUV.


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