DOVER (FOX 13) - The owner of a pickup truck involved in a deadly hit-and-run over the weekend surrendered his vehicle Tuesday, but as of Tuesday evening, no charges had been filed.
The Florida Highway Patrol says the 39-year-old man is a person of interest in the wreck that killed a teenager in Dover.
In the exact spot where Jesus Navarro lost his life, loved ones are celebrating it. A growing memorial with balloons, flowers, and messages is a tribute to the Turkey Creek Middle schooler whose life was cut short early Sunday morning.
“He was funny, he was kind,” said classmate Hannie Espinoza. “He made everything else funny, he made everybody laugh.”
Navarro was walking home along the shoulder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when, investigators say, someone driving a pick-up truck crossed the center line, hit the 13-year-old, and then sped off, leaving him for dead.
“I just miss him,” Espinoza said.
For the last two days, FHP investigators have been searching for the Ford F-250 involved. They knew it would have damage to the front headlight and fender, based on evidence found at the scene.
Tuesday morning, the owner of that white pick-up surrendered the truck to troopers.
Officials are calling Harold Langley a person of interest in the hit-and-run.
The 39-year-old has not been arrested in this case, but jail records show he’s been charged with petit theft, burglary, and drug charges in the past.
Officials tell FOX 13 News they’re now combing the Auburndale man’s truck to connect it forensically to the crime. Without a confession, investigators will also need to prove Langley was the one behind the wheel when the F-250 slammed into Navarro.
"Estamos destrozados el Corazon," Navarro’s father, Jesus Navarro-Ramirez said.
The teen’s parents say they’re heartbroken and shocked the driver never stopped to call for help.
Loved-ones and classmates are sharing memories of Nevarro to help push through the pain, hoping for justice for their friend.
“He was a good kid, he didn’t deserve this,” said Espinoza.