Police: Driver hits bicyclist, places him in bushes

Axel Inostroza arrested, charged

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Police arrested a driver who investigators say hit a bicyclist and drove two miles with him on the back of his car before laying him in a wooded area near his home.

Axel Inostroza was behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang when he hit a bicyclist about 6:30 a.m. Monday in the 5200 block of Northeast 18th Avenue, according to Fort Lauderdale police.

The crash sent the bicyclist, 53-year-old Craig Camlin, onto the windshield -- rolling over the roof -- before he landed on the back window.

Inostroza, 27, continued driving to his home in Pompano Beach, and once there, he picked Camlin off the back of his car and placed him in a wooded area behind a dumpster, police say. A landscaping crew found him a few hours later.

Camlin was transported to North Broward Hospital in critical condition. Doctors say he may be paralyzed, if he had been found later, he likely would have died.

Broward Sheriff's deputies were then called to a local body shop, where Inostroza had brought his Mustang for repairs, police say. Its front and rear windows were broken, there was blood on trunk, and the front bumper -- which was found where the crash happened -- was missing.

Inostroza told his girlfriend and sister he was involved in an accident the night before, according to an arrest affidavit. He told a deputy that he hit a stop sign, but later confessed to Fort Lauderdale police detectives that he hit Camlin and kept driving.

Police charged Inostroza with failure to stop/remain at an accident involving injury, tampering with evidence, and conspiring to cover up a second-degree felony.

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