Detectives Arrest Suspect in Hit and Run Fatality

03/18/15
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Suspect: Fernando Lazaro Lahera Chibas, 07/03/1994, H/M
Charges: Leaving the scene with death and Tampering with evidence

As a result of the media coverage, detectives received an anonymous tip about a vehicle with front end and windshield damage. After numerous interrogations, they identified the driver of the vehicle. During his interview, the suspect admitted to the hitting the victim and leaving the scene. He said he was scared.

It does not appear the suspect had been drinking. Just a note that had the suspect stayed at the scene and he showed no signs of impairment, he would not have been charged with a crime.

Andrea Davis
TPD PIO

Previous release

Detectives Investigating Hit and Run Pedestrian Fatality

When: December 1, 3 a.m.

Victim: Omar James Jeter, 3/24/90, B/M, 3415 West Hillsborough Avenue

The victim was walking north across Hillsborough Avenue near Lincoln Avenue. The dark colored compact vehicle was traveling west on Hillsborough and he hit the victim and fled the scene. The victim died at the scene. The victim was not crossing in the crosswalk. Several cars passed by and didn't stop. Detectives believe the car that hit the victim has extensive front end and windshield damage. Anyone with information is asked to call Tampa Police or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc.