Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-069 (12-065)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 22, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Update On Fatal Hit And Run

    Driver contacts deputies after watching media reports.
    • Monday
    • February 20, 2012
    • Time: 8:50 PM
    • 79th Street and Fir Drive
    • Tampa, FL


    Eric A. Lewis (Deceased)
    DOB: 11/20/1968
    4908 81 Street S
    Tampa, FL


    Steven Rickert
    DOB: 1/07/1955
    14707 Oak Vine Drive
    Lutz, FL


    • 2004 Hart Bus


    Early this morning Steven Rickert contacted HCSO and indicated after watching media reports of this incident, he believes he may have been responsible for the fatal traffic crash.

    Steven Rickert indicated he is employed as a bus driver for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit-HART and was operating a bus during the approximately time the crash occurred.

    Traffic homicide detectives have met with Rickert and examined the bus. During examination, detectives identified physical evidence that has linked the bus to the victim.

    The investigation continues.

    Previous News Release (11-065):

    On February 20, 2012, at 8:50 p.m., Eric A. Lewis, was struck by an unknown vehicle while he was walking in the roadway on 79th Street approximately 20 feet north of Fir Drive. Lewis was wearing dark clothing. The impact was low speed, with the suspect vehicle inflicting fatal upper body trauma. The suspect vehicle fled the scene undetected.

    Due to the low speed of the impact, it is doubtful there will be major damage to the suspect vehicle. Tire evidence at the scene indicates it may be a vehicle with dual rear wheels, i.e. a dually pickup truck. No other vehicle evidence could be found at this time. Next of kin has been notified.

    The investigation continues.

    Anyone with any information reference the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of these suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).
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