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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-710

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 8, 2018
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    Driver In Deadly Hit & Run In Custody

    The bicyclist died from his injuries in the early morning hours of August 5.
    • Sunday
    • August 5, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 78th Street

    Update #3:


    Ali Abdelrahim Abu-Shtaiah

    Charges: Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Death (First Degree Felony)

    Just one day after HCSO Traffic Homicide Detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Ali Abdelrahim Abu-Shtaiah with Leaving the Scene of a Crash Death, Abu-Shtaiah turned himself in to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on
    at 2:30pm. DNA results from biological evidence indicate the victim was struck by Abu-Shtaiah's truck. Video evidence also places the truck in the area of the crash.

    Update #2:

    The vehicle involved in the Hit & Run Traffic Fatality has been located.
    August 5
    , 2018, deputies received a call about a truck in the parking lot at 6805 Adamo Drive possibly being related to the accident. The truck, a 1983 Chevrolet pick-up truck, has damage consistent with the debris located at the scene.

    Update #1:

    The victim has been identified as Johnny L. Arrington (W/M, DOB: 04/19/65, at large). Next of kin has been notified.

    Original Release:

    Detectives are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a bicyclist early Sunday morning.

    On August 5, 2018, between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., an unknown vehicle traveling southbound on 78th Street hit a bicyclist near the intersection of Eau Claire Circle. The unknown vehicle fled the scene, leaving the bicyclist, currently unidentified, and his 26", red Mongoose Element in the street. The vehicle (unknown if car or truck) will have front end damage including at least one busted headlight, likely the right front. Also, there will be damage to one of the right side tire rims.

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