TAMPA, Fla. – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man following a hit-and-run crash involving a bicyclist Saturday afternoon.
On October 31, 2020, at approximately 2:50 p.m., the suspect, 26-year-old Hector Gabriel Del Hoyo was driving eastbound on 136th Avenue E, heading toward 20th Street N in Tampa in a gold 2007 Kia Rondo station wagon. Del Hoyo ran the stop sign at 20th Street N and struck another vehicle, who was driving northbound on 20th Street N. The impact directed both vehicles toward the northeast corner of the intersection. At this time, Del Hoyo’s car hit a bicyclist who was riding southbound on 20th Street N. The bicyclist was transported to Tampa General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to Advent Health with minor injuries.
Del Hoyo fled the scene on foot and was picked up by a friend who was passing by the crash. He later turned himself into deputies at HCSO’s District I office where he admitted to the offenses and was arrested for Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Serious Bodily Injury, Driving without a Valid Drivers License (Death or Serious Bodily Injury), and Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage.
“Under no circumstances should a driver ever flee from the scene of a crash, and Hector Del Hoyo will be charged to the fullest extent of the law for the crimes he committed,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “My heart is with both of these victims and their families whose lives changed in a matter of seconds because of his reckless decisions.” Del Hoyo remains in jail at this time.