The Tampa Bay Times reports that a couple who ran a red light and killed a motorcyclist then carjacked another vehicle, leading police on a manhunt.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Cody Bearry and his passenger, 23-year-old Breanna Lynn Wright were the suspected occupants in a 2000 Dodge Dakota which allegedly blew through a red light and crashed into 26-year-old Angel Rodriguez Fiallos, who was riding a Harley-Davidson XL1200 motorcycle.
Fiallos, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.
The Dodge also struck a Nissan Altima, which propelled that vehicle into a fourth car. The driver of the Altima suffered from injuries that were considered minor.
Bearry and Wright, who were allegedly the driver and the passenger in the Dodge then ran across the highway to a Wawa gas station where they got into a fight with another motorist and carjacked a green 2002 Saturn and drove away, heading eastbound on State Road 54.
Both Bearry and Wright were in police custody by 8 p.m.
In Florida, the law says that Florida drivers have a duty of care to stop at an accident and exchange information with the other driver or owner of the property which was damaged. If the crash simply involves property damage, the charge is a misdemeanor and has a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. For accidents involving injury, leaving the scene is a third-degree felony and can result in a fine of up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. In accidents that involve death, the charge is a first-degree felony and can result in a 30-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.