The hit-and-run driver who killed a woman early Tuesday in Oakland Park was arrested late Tuesday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Tyler K. Burdhimo, 18, is facing one count each of leaving the scene of a crash involving a fatality and having no valid driver’s license with a death, according to the arrest report.
The incident happened just after sunrise in the 1500 block of Northeast 45th Street.
The Sheriff’s Office says Maria Konstantinidis, 75, was walking along the street and was hit by a four-door Nissan Altima.
A tipster called detectives about 2 p.m., indicating that the suspect vehicle was parked in the 4300 block of Northeast 15th Terrace, a few blocks from where Konstantinidis was killed.
The car was in plain view and damage on the car was consistent with striking the pedestrian, Broward Sheriff spokesman Mike Jachles said.
The car belongs to David Harris, 21, who said his friend Burdhimo borrowed the car and admitted to hitting something, but did not specify what, Jachles said.
Burdhimo was interviewed late Tuesday by investigators and has admitted to hitting “something,” Jachles said.
The car’s chrome “Nissan” front grille emblem was left behind at the scene.
Konstantinidis was found wearing a gold wedding band, a black-and-white striped shirt, dark blue adidas shorts and black walking shoes. She lived in Oakland Park, investigators said.
The stretch of Northeast 45th Street, also known as Floranada Road, where the victim was killed is a “death trap,” said resident Aaron Hager.
He and his family moved there six months ago and regret it.
“It’s absolute insanity,” Hager, 39, said, “Everybody is just scared. We’re scared of the road that we live on.”
It’s unclear whether there has been an uptick in hit-and-run incidents, but a few lives have been claimed in recent weeks.
Last week, a 30-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in West Park, possibly by a driver in a pickup truck with metallic orange paint.
A few days before that, a Lighthouse Point accountant was critically injured while crossing East Las Olas Boulevard; the car that fled is thought to be a Ford Taurus.
In March, also in Fort Lauderdale, a 5-year-old girl was killed while riding her tricycle at the Pan American Estates mobile home park and a 70-year-old grandmother was fatally struck while crossing Davie Boulevard.
In that case, Digna Camacho was run over twice; the first car stopped and the second one, possibly a gray Ford F-150, fled the scene after an older male motorist got out and glanced back at her body.
“The moment you leave the scene without rendering aid or notifying the proper authorities, you face criminal charges,” said Fort Lauderdale Detective Travis Mandell.