Auburndale, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-Fifty Four year-old Lisa Rockefeller of Beacon Lane has been arrested and charged with one count of Leaving the Scene of a Crash Causing Death in the fatal hit-and-run crash in front of International Market World January 21st.
The incident claimed the life of 45-year-old Eduardo Valle-Sanchez of Bartow. Valle-Sanchez was found deceased on the roadway in front of the flea market on US Hwy 92 in Auburndale. Physical evidence, along with his autopsy, confirmed he died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash.
After a tip from Crime Stoppers, deputies responded to Greenway Circle in Lakeland. Deputies saw a Toyota Camry parked under a carport at the rear of the home. The car had windshield and hood damage consistent with a pedestrian being struck. While deputies were on-scene, they saw Rockefeller, come out of the house, get into the car, and pulled out of the carport area.
Family members told deputies that Rockefeller made several statements about being involved in a crash, and told one family member that she struck a pedestrian in front of International Market World. She parked her car behind the family member's home on Greenway Circle, without their permission.
Rockefeller was admitted to a hospital on January 24th, and released on January 30th, at which time she got a ride to the home on Greenway Circle, and told family members she was going to turn herself and her car in to the Sheriff's Office.
Photo courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office