Tampa Father Killed in Hit-and-Run, Driver Surrenders
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Tampa Father Killed in Hit-and-Run, Driver Surrenders

A lady was accused of causing a car crash where a well-loved father in Tampa got hurt and she drove away. She gave herself up to the police on Friday morning.

They say 28-year-old Dameisha Ceasar was arrested for leaving the accident without stopping and for driving without a proper driver’s license.

Darrell Lawson, who was 57 years old, was riding his bicycle on Tuesday evening on East 21st Avenue when he got hit and died. The person who hit him drove off.

The Lawson family allowed the police to share a video from surveillance cameras showing the moment of the crash on Wednesday. They hoped it would make someone who knows something to come forward.

After the video was shown on local TV and websites, Ceasar’s family got in touch with the detectives and told them she was involved in the crash.

The car Ceasar was driving during the crash was found on Thursday in Plant City, according to the police. They later found out that Ceasar borrowed the blue 2023 Toyota Corolla from a house on Wilder Avenue to go to the store when the crash happened.

The detectives also said Ceasar called her family later that night and said she had hit something.

After arresting her, the police discovered that Ceasar’s right to drive was taken away in June 2013, and it happened again two times in 2015.

“Our detectives worked tirelessly on this case to bring justice to Mr. Lawson’s family, and we are thankful for their dedication to this investigation,” Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw stated in a statement. “We also thank our media partners for sharing this message and our community members for stepping forward to provide detectives with information that has now allowed for some closure for the Lawson family as they continue to navigate this tragedy.”

Darrell Lawson’s family remembers him as a diligent, kind, and loving leader.

“You left him for dead, but if you ever knew Darrell you would have stopped and given aid. Because he wasn’t the man who deserved this,” Darrell’s wife Valerie Lawson said.

On Thursday evening, people remembered Lawson’s meaningful life with tears and songs at a candlelight gathering.

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