OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - A suspect has been arrested in a hit-and-run that killed a 17-year-old boy after police received several tips.
Broward Crime Stoppers identified Christopher Thompson, 37, of Oakland Park, on June 25 as a person of interest in the crash that killed Gabriel Amaya nine days earlier. Police received several calls reporting Thompson's possible whereabouts, including information saying Thompson was with his girlfriend and their 6-year-old son.
Police released a be on the lookout request for the girlfriend's gold 2004 Nissan, and deputies spotted it Tuesday evening on Commercial Boulevard. They took Thompson into custody.
Thompson is accused of driving a black 1995 Chevy Tahoe that hit Amaya as he rode his bicycle on Prospect Road on June 14. BSO said the SUV hit the front tire, throwing Amaya from the bicycle. The driver left the scene.
Amaya was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he died.
BSO said that after Crime Stoppers received tips, investigators found the Tahoe at a tow yard in Port St. Lucie. They said it had been repaired.
Thompson faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, tampering with evidence and driving with a suspended license. BSO said he also faces an unrelated warrant for a charge of driving with a revoked license.
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