The suspect arrested for a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed a teenager riding his bicycle Wednesday afternoon in east Orange County has bonded out of jail.
Frankie Alberto Arroyo, 22, was arrested Friday after a witness identified him as the driver, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said he turned himself in after they reached out to him. His bail was set at $10,000.
Alberto didn’t have much to say as he left the jail on Friday night, but at one point he faintly said sorry.
Troopers said Arroyo was seen hitting 17-year-old Rakib Chowdhury, stopping his car, backing up, driving around the boy and driving away.
Chowdhury died in front of his family's home on Trevarthon Road.
State troopers located the suspected car Thursday.
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The Florida Highway Patrol said "good, old-fashioned police work" helped troopers find the suspected vehicle as they canvassed the area surround the crime scene.
Records show there were 15 cars registered near the scene matching the description of a blue Dodge Dart Sedan. One of those vehicles had sustained damage consistent with what investigators were looking for in the deadly hit-and-run incident.
"It was to the left side of the vehicle. It had the mirror missing, and it had damage to the car," said Wanda Diaz, with the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said Arroyo told them the damage on the car was caused when he struck an object and he did not think he needed to report that.
Troopers said Arroyo claims an e-cigarette fell to the ground and he was trying to get at it at the time of the crash.
Investigators said Razaaul Chowdhury, Rakib's father, was inside his home when he heard the crash that hit and killed his son. He ran outside and watched his son die from his injuries as paramedics arrived.
"Heavy, big sound, and I feel in my heart that something was wrong with my son," Razaaul Chowdhury said.
Witnesses told investigators the driver backed up for a moment and then drove away from the scene.
Troopers are still trying to determine who is actually at fault in the crash. But they are charging Arroyo with a felony account of leaving the scene of an accident involving death. If convicted he faces a minimum of 4 years in prison.