Florida man arrested after he ‘plowed into pedestrian and dumped body behind bait shop’

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28-year-old Florida man has been arrested after he ‘plowed on a pedestrian and dragged his body half a mile before dumping it behind a bait shop and telling friends he hit a HER’

  • The driver was identified as Joseph Charles Strickland, 28, of Weeki Wachee
  • He reportedly mowed down a 32-year-old man in Hernando County early Monday
  • Strickland called his roommates to help with his car and told them he hit a deer
  • A roommate called the police after seeing the damage to the car
  • At the same time, police found a severed leg on the side of the road, leading them to discover the rest of the body behind the bait shop

Joseph Charles Strickland was arrested after allegedly hitting a pedestrian with his car and hiding the remains behind a bait shop.

Joseph Charles Strickland was arrested after allegedly hitting a pedestrian with his car and hiding the remains behind a bait shop.

A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly hitting a pedestrian with his car, dragging the body about half a mile and hiding the remains behind a bait shop.

Joseph Charles Strickland, 28, of Weeki Wachee, was driving west on Cortez Boulevard in Hernando County, Florida shortly after midnight Sunday in a red 1995 Mazda MX-6 when he collided with a 32-year-old man, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

According to authorities, Strickland continued to drive for about half a mile until he reached the Dixie Lee Bait Shop.

He dumped the remains of the body behind the bait shop and called his roommates to help him push his car 300 meters away to his house.

His roommates complied, assuming Strickland had just hit a deer, according to a statement from a highway patrol.

However, when Strickland arrived at his house, he sprayed his car to cover up the damage.

One of his roommates saw it later that morning and called the police and told them it didn’t look like damage caused by a deer. At the same time, police also discovered a severed leg on the side of the road at the Dixie Lee Bait Shop.

Police in Hernando County, Florida, found most of the remains of the pedestrian Strickland who allegedly hit behind the Dixie Lee Bait Shop.

Police in Hernando County, Florida, found most of the remains of the pedestrian Strickland who allegedly hit behind the Dixie Lee Bait Shop.

Investigators used a cadaver dog to sniff the scene and soon discovered the rest of the body behind the bait shop.

Police went to Strickland’s home to question him, but he tried to flee until officers from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office stopped him, the statement said.

Florida High Patrol Troopers are still investigating the crash and have closed Cortez Boulevard in both directions from Commercial Way to the Environmental Center.

Strickland was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, tampering with evidence and not having a valid driver’s license or insurance.

Detectives later linked him to an incident that happened last year in Dakota County, Minnesota.

Strickland, then 26, was driving 86 mph in a 60 zone when Minnesota state police began tracking him, according to KSTP TV.

He reportedly attempted to pass a semi-truck and another car before slipping into a third vehicle and rolling into a ditch several times.

He and two of his passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but a third passenger, 17-year-old Rebecca Perry, of Hastings, Minnesota, was left in critical condition.

Strickland’s bail is set at $200,000 on the condition that he no longer drives a vehicle.

It was not immediately known whether Strickland has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.

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