Brock Case, 18, of Plant City has been placed under arrest following a hit-and-run accident on July 16 that left one victim dead.
According to deputies, Case was traveling westbound on State Road 60 on Friday evening when he struck a man that was walking in the roadway. And according to a report from FOX 13, Case initially pulled over but left the scene believing that he had struck a dog. Case then contacted friends and family members regarding the incident before eventually turning himself in to Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Lakeland early Saturday morning.
Case was booked into Polk County Jail with a bond set at $100,000 and faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving death. The penalty for leaving the scene of a crash that results in a fatality carries penalties that include a first degree felony, a revoked license for at last three years, a mandatory minimum of four years in prison and potentially a $10,000 fine.
“While we are proud of this young man for turning himself in, we want to use this as another opportunity to reiterate that failing to stop and render aid or call 911 when you are involved in a crash can mean the difference between life and death, and the difference between being charged with a felony or not being arrested at all,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “It is possible Case would not have been charged had he simply stopped and dialed 911, due to the fact of where and how the victim was walking in the roadway. Our prayers are with the victim’s family.”