POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrested a man on Thursday after the driver of a gray 2015 Chevy Cruz struck and killed a man in Pompano Beach and fled the scene.
According to FHP, Victor Ocampo struck and killed a 37-year-old man from Belle Glade who was working on Interstate 95′s northbound lanes.
“A vehicle that was traveling in the right express lanes veered into the left and struck the construction worker,” said Lt. Yanko Reyes, a spokesman for FHP.
The victim was fixing a “Road Work Ahead” sign just before 3 a.m., south of Sample Road, Reyes said. FHP troopers said Ocampo, 32, fled the scene.
“This is somebody’s friend, somebody’s son,” Reyes said.
Details about the gruesome scene were discussed in court Friday, including that brain matter and blood from the victim were found on Ocampo’s car.
Detectives found the Chevy Cruz parked at a Days Inn at 1700 W. Broward Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale. FHP troopers also arrested Natalia Londono Mejia, who they said was a passenger in the car when the fatal hit-and-run crash happened. She is accused of not cooperating with the investigation.
Ocampo is facing charges of vehicular homicide, failure to stop, driving without a valid license, tampering with evidence and reckless driving.
On Friday, a public defender said the couple was visiting from Colombia and their family has no idea they’ve been arrested.
Still, the judge found probable cause to hold them on all counts.