Hit And Run Driver Arrested

Benito Espanol-Cruz, arrested for Clearwater, Fla., hit and run.                                                                           

Clearwater, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-Police have arrested 33 year-old Benito Espanol-Cruz of Largo for that hit and run crash that has a bicycle rider hospitalized.

Investigators say video surveillance and witness reports led them to Espanol-Cruz.  Espanol-Cruz then admitted he was behind the wheel of the pickup that hit 63 year-old Joseph Samson on Cleveland Street.

Police found the pickup at the suspect's place of employment in Largo, covered and concealed behind several other work vehicles.  Officers say Espanol-Cruz admitted he'd been consuming alcohol before the accident.

Samson is in critical condition at Bayfront Health in Saint Petersburg.

Photo courtesy of Clearwater Police

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