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FHP: Man arrested after girlfriend dragged, run over in Alachua County

9 hours after deadly crash, troopers arrest Ryan Le Boss in Columbia County

Columbia County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Ryan Le Boss and a photo of the pickup truck that the Florida Highway Patrol released to the public.
Columbia County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Ryan Le Boss and a photo of the pickup truck that the Florida Highway Patrol released to the public. (Columbia County Sheriff's Office/Florida Highway Patrol)

Nine hours after a woman was dragged for several hundred feet while holding onto the door of a pickup truck on Interstate 75 and then run over when she fell, the Florida Highway Patrol announced the driver of the pickup was arrested.

Troopers said Ryan Le Boss, 44, of Lake City, was driving a Ford F-350 pickup truck south on I-75 near Alachua about 5 p.m. Saturday as his girlfriend -- Eileen Bocca, 48, of Ocala -- was hanging onto the passenger door. When Bocca last her grip, according to troopers, she was run over by the right, rear tire.

Bocca was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where she died.

Troopers said several drivers witnessed and reported the incident. According to the Highway Patrol, the pickup kept driving and was last seen leaving the interstate at 39th Avenue exit near Gainesville.

With assistance from the sheriff’s offices in Alachua, Marion and Columbia Counties, Le Boss was located about 2 a.m. Sunday at his home in Columbia County and was arrested without incident.

Le Boss is charged with leaving the scene of a death. The Highway Patrol report shows other charges are pending.

As of Sunday afternoon, Le Boss was being held in the Columbia County jail on $100,000 bond, according to online jail records.


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