Tow Truck Driver Killed in Tampa Hit-and-Run

Early Monday morning (Feb. 15), a tow truck driver was struck and killed on the Howard Frankland Bridge. The driver who hit the victim did not call the police or an ambulance, instead they took off, leaving the man on the roadway.

Now the Florida Highway Patrol is searching for the driver who they believe struck and killed the tow truck driver.

The investigation traced the authorities to a black 2012 Volkswagen Passat that was involved in the fatal hit-and-run. On Monday morning, the authorities found the Volkswagen at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Tampa, not far from the Westshore Mall.

Suspect Abandons Car at Tampa Hotel

The vehicle, which was abandoned by the suspect, sustained damage to the right front quarter panel and the right front side of the windshield. It also appeared to have blood stains on the windshield and other parts of the vehicle.

Troopers are looking for the woman who was driving the car; she has been identified as 36-year-old A. Faye Huffman, of Riverview.

Investigators suspect Huffman of striking and killing the tow truck driver, R. Perez-Borroto, 43, shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Monday.

Moments before the crash, Perez-Borroto was standing outside of his truck, which was on the Howard Frankland Bridge, parked in the outside travel lane. When he was hit by Huffman, the impact was so strong that it sent his body flying in the air. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The victim drove a tow truck for Lou’s Total Car Care Towing and Recovery.

According to investigators, after striking Perez-Borroto, Huffman drove off in the Volkswagen, later abandoning the car at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

Steve Gaskins, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said that Huffman’s last known whereabouts was at the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. She was going by an alias, telling people her name was “Beth.”

While we don’t know if Huffman was driving under the influence before the crash, we do know that she has an arrest record. NBC 8 obtained a pervious arrest photo of a blond Huffman from the Hillsboro County Jail.

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