TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Arrests have been made in connection to a hit-and-run on North Monroe Street that left a bicyclist with serious injuries in January.
On Jan. 2, TPD’s Traffic Homicide Unit began investigating a hit and run crash resulting in a bicyclist suffering with serious bodily injuries.
With the assistance of the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office, the vehicle was found submerged in a lake in Jefferson County. The vehicle’s owner, 27-year-old Agustin Ramones, later reported the vehicle as being stolen. Investigators also discovered that 28-year-old Darelene Berryman helped Ramones with getting rid of the vehicle.
After consulting with the State Attorney’s Office, probable cause was established to charge Ramones and Berryman in connection with the hit and run. Berryman already turned herself in to the Jefferson County Jail.
Ramones was captured by the U.S. Marshals in Leigh Acres, Florida and taken to the Lee County Jail.
Ramones is being charged with hit and run, failure to stop or remain at crash involving serious bodily injury, and tampering with physical evidence.
Berryman is being charged accessory after the fact and tampering with physical evidence.
A woman has been arrested, accused of helping get rid of a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run accident that injured a bicyclist.
Darlene Berryman, 46, is being charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact.
According to the police report, just before midnight on Jan. 2, a Tallahassee Police Department Officer was parked in the 2600 block of North Monroe Street when a white SUV came speeding through the area. As the officer turned around to catch up to the SUV, he saw dust and debris fly up in the air and realized that the vehicle had just hit 32-year-old bicyclist David Thacker.
The SUV then fled northbound onto I-10 and Thacker was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The next morning, TPD officers were notified by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office that a vehicle matching the SUV was found submerged in Lake Miccosukee at the Leon/Jefferson County line. Officers identified the vehicle as a white Mazda CX-7.
Following an investigation, officers identified the owner of the vehicle, who claimed that the Mazda CX-7 had been stolen the night before the crash. Officers were able to obtain surveillance video from a nearby home that showed the Mazda CX-7 actually parked in the owner's driveway just hours after the crash and had damage to the windshield and hood.
The police report states that Berryman used her rented pickup truck to help tow the vehicle away and dispose of it in the lake. Officers also said phone records revealed she was in contact with the owner of the vehicle immediately following the crash. At this time, the owner of the vehicle has not yet been charged.
Berryman was booked into the Leon County Detention Facility on Sunday and a mugshot has not been made available yet.