A man wanted in a fatal Haines City hit-and-run has turned himself in to authorities. 

  • Suspect in fatal Haines City hit-and-run turns himself in
  • Darrell Coleman Jr., 27, had a warrant issued after the July 2017 crash
  • U.S. Marshals assisted in investigating, tracking Coleman

Darrell Coleman Jr., 27, had a warrant issued for his arrest after the fatal crash in July 2017. He is accused of being the driver that struck Charles Hudson Jr., 66, and drove off.

Hudson, a member of the Polk Sheriff's Office Citizens Assisted Patrol was riding his bicycle on Kokomo Road when he was struck and killed. 

In addition to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Forces in Florida and Maryland were instrumental in locating Coleman.

Coleman is facing one count of leaving the scene of crash involving death, one count driving with a suspended license and causing death and one count trespassing. 

Coleman turned himself in Tuesday at the booking facility of the Polk County Jail in Bartow. 

"Back in July, we quickly identified Darrell Coleman as the man who hit and killed Mr. Hudson, then left him to die without stopping to help," said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd. "Detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest. He's known about the warrant this entire time, and continued to hide from us. 

"Finally, with his arrest, justice has been served, and he will answer for his crimes."