The Florida Highway Patrol has located a suspect in Monday morning's hit-and-run crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge that killed a tow truck driver.
Allison Faye Huffman, 36, of Riverview, has been detained in St. Petersburg at the home of a friend, according to FHP.
Shortly after 9 p.m., St. Petersburg Police received a tip that Huffman was at The Promenade Apts., in the Carillon area of St. Petersburg. Officers made contact and held her until FHP arrived to arrest her.
Her 2012 Volkswagen Passat was found Monday morning in the parking lot of the Crown Plaza Hotel near Westshore Mall.
The two right lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge heading into Tampa were blocked for hours early Monday after a tow truck driver was struck and killed while loading a car onto his truck. The driver left the scene.
The tow truck driver has been identified as 43-year-old Rogelio Perez-Borroto, who worked for Lou's Total Car Care.
The victim's boss said he wasn’t even sent to help the stranded drivers on the Howard Frankland Bridge. He did it to be kind.
“He just pulled over to help somebody. And if he didn’t put those two people in the truck, to make sure they were in a safe position, there could have been a lot more fatalities,” said Luis Moralez.
The stranded motorists said Perez-Borroto was assisting them and they were in the tow truck cab at the time of the crash. They said they did not see the crash but heard it.
"When that thing happened I hear "boom" and then I was closing my eyes, I think something's going to be hitting me. When I opened my eyes, the car was flying,” said Raoul Antoine.
"He tried to help us get off the bridge but he got killed,” said Adline Joassaint. "I'm never going to forget about that."
FHP spokesperson Steve Gaskins says after the hit-and-run, Huffman took a taxi to the Hard Rock Casino using the alias of "Beth." According to records, Huffman has three previous DUI arrests in Hillsborough County.
Perez-Borroto leaves behind a wife and a young daughter, who live in Venezuela. He came to the United States a year ago to make a better life for his family.
While the Bay Area suffered through a morning full of deadly crashes on its roads, the Florida Highway Patrol is kicking off its annual statewide campaign to bring awareness of the problem of hit-and-run crashes.
In 2015, law enforcement officers across the state of Florida investigated 92,623 hit-and-run crashes where 186 people were killed. That number is up from 2014 where 85,155 hit-and-run crashes were investigated and 175 people were killed.