News: Suspect arrested and charged in fatal Pasco County hit-and-run accident

PASCO COUNTY, FL – A man is under arrest in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Pasco County earlier this year, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the victim, a 27-year-old pedestrian, was fatally struck by a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck on Jan. 11 at about 12:50 a.m. At the time, the man was walking across Little Road near the intersection of Heritage Lake Boulevard.  Investigators later found DNA evidence on the pickup linking it to the fatal incident, the FHP said.

The suspect, 62-year-old James Robert Altenhofen of New Port Richey, surrendered to state troopers on Monday. He was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death and was booked into the Pasco County Jail.

When a pedestrian is injured or killed by a reckless driver who leaves the scene, family members are left searching for answers and justice. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a hit-and-run crash, the Pasco County Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys at Kemp, Ruge and Green Law Group are ready to fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses. We offer free consultations to provide advice on next steps and answer any case-specific questions you may have. Give us a call at 727-847-4878 or respond in our online chat box.

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