MAN ARRESTED IN OAKLAND PARK HIT-AND-RUN
- BSO Case Number: OP12-06-1684
- PIO Number: 12-6-18B
- Date: June 14, 2012
- Time: 9:41 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: Intersection of Prospect Road and Powerline Road, Oakland Park
- Jurisdiction: Oakland Park
- Gabriel Amaya, 17, male, 11/16/94, 4140 NW 10 Terrace, Oakland Park (DECEASED)
- Christopher Thompson, 37, male, 1/5/75, 4100 NW 16 Ave., Apt. 7, Oakland Park (IN CUSTODY)
Description of Incident:
Broward Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested the man sought in the June 14 hit-and-run of a teen bicyclist in Oakland Park.
After releasing the name and picture of Christopher Thompson on June 25 as a person of interest in the incident, Broward Crime Stoppers received numerous calls about his possible location. Detectives also learned Thompson was in the company of his girlfriend and their 6-year-old son. Concerned about the welfare and safety of the child and his mother, investigators issued a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for the girlfriend’s 2004, gold-color Nissan. The BSO Pompano Beach Selective Enforcement Team spotted the vehicle in the 700 block of Commercial Boulevard Tuesday evening (6/26) and took Thompson into custody without incident. The girlfriend was unharmed. The couple’s son was located at his aunt’s home in Ft. Myers safe and sound.
Additional Crime Stoppers tips provided detectives with information about the suspect’s vehicle. The black, 1995 Chevy Tahoe was located at a tow yard in Port St. Lucie. Repairs had been made to the vehicle.
Thompson was booked into the BSO Main Jail facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, tampering with evidence, driving while license suspended and had an unrelated warrant for driving with a revoked license.
Gabriel Amaya, 17, was riding his bike from east to west along Prospect Road just before 10 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Amaya was on the crosswalk, crossing over the southbound lanes of Powerline Road when the SUV struck the front tire, ejecting Amaya from his bike and onto the roadway. Oakland Park Fire Rescue transported Amaya to Broward Health Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
The investigation continues.
- INVESTIGATORS: Det. Grimes, THI CID; OPFR; Oakland Park; Pompano Beach
- THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 6/27/12 1130