Suspect Charged with First Degree Murder in Deadly Hit and Run Crash

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Mikese Morse mugshot

Date/Time: June 24, 2018 at 11:54 a.m.

Location: New Tampa Boulevard and Wood Sage Drive
Victim #1 (Deceased): Pedro Aguerreberry, DOB: 8/4/1975
Victim #2: Bennett Aguerreberry, DOB: 8/14/2014--Serious Injuries
Victim #3: Lucas Aguerreberry, DOB: 11/11/2009--Non-Life Threatening Injuries
Suspect: Mikese Morse, DOB: 10/30/1987

Tampa Police officers have arrested the suspect responsible for causing a crash that left a father deceased, and his two sons injured.  Mikese Morse, 30, is currently being held in Hillsborough County jail on one count of first degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and three counts of hit and run.

Based on the investigation, Morse made a u-turn after he observed the victims riding their bikes on the sidewalk area along New Tampa Boulevard.  Victim Pedro Aguerreberry, 42, was riding a bicycle and pulling his 3-year-old son Bennett on an attached section to the bike.  His other son Lucas, 8, rode a bike alongside him.

Morse drove his 2008 red 4-door Dodge off the roadway, across the grass easement, and onto the bike trail.  He intentionally struck the victims with his vehicle and fled the scene eastbound towards Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.  He never stopped to render aid to the victims.

A witness who was travelling behind the suspect on New Tampa Boulevard observed Morse accelerate and drive over the victims.  

Pedro Aguerreberry died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.  His two sons, Lucas and Bennett, are expected to recover from their injuries.

An alert citizen contacted 9-1-1 after seeing a vehicle that matched the description given by police.   Hillsborough County Sherriff deputies responded to the Pebble Creek subdivision and located the vehicle approximately two blocks from Morse’s parent’s home.  Morse placed a strip of tape on the windshield to conceal the damage.

Officers located the Morse at his parent’s home and he was transported to the police department for questioning.  He was booked in to the Hillsborough County jail based on the interview and information gathered during the investigation. 

Janelle McGregor

Tampa PD Spokesperson