Florida man drags the body of pedestrian after hit-and-run crash
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP)– A Florida man has been arrested after he reportedly dragged the body of a pedestrian that he hit with his car, then hiding most of the body, according to officials.
A 32-year-old was walking along the road on Sunday morning when he was hit by 28-year-old Joseph Charles Strickland, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Strickland continued to drive after hitting the man, dragging his body with the car until he reached Dixie Lee Bait shop. He hid the body behind the bait shop before calling his roommate to help him push his car back to their house.
According to FHP’s patrol statement, Strickland told his roommate that he hit a deer. He then covered the damage to his vehicle with spray paint once they were home. His roommate called law enforcement the following morning as he did not believe a deer caused the damage after further examination.
Investigators discovered a human leg on the side of the road around the same time as the roommates report. Law enforcement brought cadaver dogs to Strickland’s home while they questioned him. He started to run but Hernando County deputies arrested him.
Strickland is facing charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving death, tampering with evidence and having no valid driver license or insurance, as reported by the AP. He also was arrested on a warrant from Dakota County, Minnesota.
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