Florida troopers said that a reckless driver is behind bars after he struck, killed, and dragged a pedestrian on a north Tampa road Sunday.
Joseph Charles Strickland, 28, fatally hit a 32-year-old pedestrian walking along the road and kept on driving.
The victim’s body was dragged to the back of a bait shop, the Dixie Lee Bait, in Spring Hills before hiding what was left behind the building.
He then called friends and asked for help pushing the car back to his residence, claiming he had hit “a deer.”
Police said that Strickland then took a shower and slept. One of his friends called the police after noticing suspicious damage.
The Florida Highway Patrol officers added that a severed leg was found in the area that same day.
Strickland was arrested after an attempt to flee. He was charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash and tampering with evidence.