LACOOCHEE, Fla. - Troopers arrested Austin James Hernandez, 22, of Dade City, after they say he fled a fatal hit-and-run crash in Pasco County Saturday night.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Hernandez was traveling southbound on SR-575, approaching Old Polk Road shortly before 7:30 p.m., when he missed a curve in the road, crossed the center line and crashed nearly head-on into a truck driven by a 40-year-old man from Webster.
The 40-year-old man and his passenger, a 3-year-old boy, were taken to area hospitals. The 40-year-old man died from his injuries. The 3-year-old suffered serious injuries. Neither one was wearing a seatbelt, according to FHP.
Troopers say Hernandez fled the scene following the crash. They located him and his vehicle near Flanders Road and Mercer Road and took him into custody.
Hernandez has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving injury and fatality.