Public Bus May Have Unknowly Fatally Hit a Pedestrian in Tampa

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Wednesday morning a Hart-line driver called the Hillsborough Country Sheriff’s Office and said he may be responsible for a hit-and-run accident that killed a Tampa pedestrian.

Hillsborough County deputies say that Steven Rickert contacted them and indicated after watching media reports of this incident, he believes he may have hit and killed 43-year-old Eric Lewis while driving his route.

Deputies say Lewis was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as he walked in the roadway on 79th Street near Fir Drive in Tampa on Monday night. The victim, according to sheriff’s deputies, was wearing dark clothing and the impact was at low-speed.

The Sheriff Office is reporting that Rickert stated he was not aware he hit anyone with the bus until he saw media reports the next morning.

Traffic homicide detectives examined the bus and have found physical evidence that links the bus to the victim.

According to Bay News 9 Rickert has worked for Hart-line since May of 2006. They are reporting that he has two prior accidents on his record and currently is on suspension pending results of a drug and alcohol test.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is continuing it’s investigation.

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