TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - The mother of a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash brought her son to the Florida Highway Patrol substation in Tampa to turn himself in Monday.
The crash killed the driver of a motorcycle and injured his passenger, who is still in the hospital two days later.
FHP said Emilio N. Morales, 19, surrendered himself and confessed his involvement in the March 30 crash, which happened on US 301, near Sun City Center Boulevard.
Friends of the couple on the motorcycle, 48-year-old Jeffrey Ringle and his wife, 45-year-old Megan Ringle, both of Wimauma, were riding home from having a beachfront dinner in Bradenton Saturday around 10:30 p.m.
"They went out and watched the sunset and went to dinner. They were not even 100 feet away from home," said Monica Williams.
Monica Williams described the couple as experienced riders who knew the risk. As parents of three, they did everything they could to make their rides safer.
"They never ride without full gear, they had helmets on during the accident. Of course, when you are a parent you take that responsibility to ride with a helmet," she said.
FHP said the Ringles were headed north on US 301 when Morales, headed south, passed in a no passing zone. He hit the Ringles' motorcycle and then took off, according to troopers. They were ejected onto the side of the roadway.
Jeffrey was pronounced dead at the hospital. Megan is still in the hospital in fair condition. Both were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
"Their boys and girl are waiting for them to come home and mom and dad never came home. I can’t imagine doing that to anyone," said Williams.
The Ringles have three children, their family told FOX 13 News.
Monday, troopers charged Morales with leaving the scene of a fatal crash and leaving the scene of a crash with serious injury. His vehicle was recovered from his home in Wimauma. FHP said it had visible damage on the driver's side window.
Friends have started a fundraiser for the family at https://www.facebook.com/donate/1021322168059936/1021338214724998/