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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-520

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 7, 2018
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    Hit & Run With Serious Injuries

    Castellano struck the bicyclist and fled the scene.
    • Wednesday
    • June 6, 2018
    • Time: 8:02 PM
    • Symmes Road / East Bay Road
    • Gibsonton, Florida


    The victim has been identified as Darvin Lopez-Mendez, DOB: 10/26/99. He remains in serious condition at Tampa General Hospital. Castellano's bond was revoked June 8, 2018 and he was taken into custody.


    Jaime Castellano (Ford Mustang)
    DOB: 12-11-90
    Riverview, FL

    Charges: Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Serious Injuries, Driving with
    License Suspended

    Bicyclist: White, Hispanic male (critical condition, still no ID)



    According to witnesses, Castellano was traveling west on Symmes Road from East Bay Road as the victim was crossing Symmes Road from south to north on a bicycle. Castellano struck the bicyclist, ejecting him from the bicycle, and fled the scene. A witness followed Castellano to 11305 Cujoe Lane where he jumped out the vehicle and hid nearby. He was eventually located and taken into custody. The bicyclist was transported to Tampa General Hospital with critical injuries and has yet to be identified.

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