VIDEO: Man involved in deadly hit-and-run crash on Beach Boulevard arrested, FHP says

1 dead after SUV collides with 2 motorcyclists in hit-and-run crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol arrested the driver of an SUV accused in a deadly hit-and-run crash Thursday on Beach Boulevard, the agency said.

Video shows an SUV that was found Friday morning not far from the crash scene that involved two motorcyclists near DeSalvo Road.

News4JAX cameras captured a man at the scene being placed into handcuffs. Our crew also saw Border Patrol agents and Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers where the SUV was found.

According to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office inmate search, Edwin Rumaldo Almendares Amaya, 36, was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash and operating without a driver’s license.

Troopers had been looking for the Chevy Tahoe after it was seen on video running over a 28-year-old man after crashing into him and another motorcyclist on Beach Boulevard just east of Tamaya Boulevard, on Thursday around 7 p.m., according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver of the SUV left the scene of the crash. The two motorcyclists were at a red light when an SUV failed to stop and ran into them, FHP said.

A dashcam video posted by FHP showed the two motorcyclists riding along when they slowed to stop at a red light.

“We received a tip based upon the video which is what led us to this location. We believe that they did see the video and they connected the dots and helped us in locating this vehicle,” FHP Major Steven Harris said.

The driver of one motorcyclist died at the hospital, while the other suffered minor injuries, according to FHP.

News4JAX has edited the video below to not show the graphic incident. We want to warn readers that the full video is circulating around. Use caution while watching other videos.

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