AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Polk County deputies have arrested a woman in the hit and run death of a father of three in Auburndale.
Deputies say Heartland Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip that identified the driver of the car that hit and killed Eduardo Valle-Sanchez, 45, of Bartow, in front of International Market World Jan. 21. as Lisa Johnsey Rockefeller, 54.
After receiving the tip, deputies responded to a location in Lakeland where a car with windshield and hood damage was parked. Deputies saw Rockefeller come out of the house at that address, get into the car, and drive away.
Deputies say family members at the home told them Rockefeller admitted to being involved in a crash and said she parked her car behind the family member's home without their permission.
Rockefeller later turned herself in to the sheriff's office. She's being held at the Polk County Jail.
Deputies say Rockefeller lived just over a mile and a half away from the crash scene. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the tip to Heartland Crime Stoppers was the reason they were able to solve the crime so quickly.
"The Crime Stoppers tipline works," Judd said. "Regardless of whether or not Rockefeller was impaired when the crash occurred, was distracted, or driving recklessly when she hit the victim - which we’ll likely never know - she is facing a harsher penalty for leaving the scene than if she had just stayed there to report it," he said.
Valle-Sanchez was a father of three and worked in the construction industry. "He was caring. He told me he loved me daily. Not a day went by where he didn't hug me and tell me he loved me and the kids," said his wife, Martha Aguiler.