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FHP arrests hit-and-run driver who killed bicyclist on US 301

Posted at 7:57 AM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 15:32:15-05

TAMPA, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol has located and arrested the suspect involved in a hit-and-run Tuesday morning.

FHP said 61-year-old Steven Baker was arrested on Wednesday. They said he contacted FHP and advised that he had struck something at the time and place of the reported hit-and-run crash. He also stated that he was not aware of what he collided with, continued driving and then hours later purchased spray paint and repainted his vehicle.

FHP said, shortly after 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the driver of a white pick-up truck hit Jacob Weinert while driving southbound on U.S. 301 and north of Sligh Avenue. After hitting the bicyclist, Baker fled the scene.

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The 28-year-old bicyclist, from Lockport, Illinois, died at the scene.

"Our lives will never be the same again ever again," said Jacob's fiance, Izabel Sgiers. "He was the only person that mattered. He was there for me for everything and now he’s just gone."

Sgiers tells ABC Action News, Jacob leaves behind two children who are both younger than two-years-old. She says her fiance was working two jobs in Tampa Bay, saving up enough money to one day reunite the family in Florida.

"We want to know who did this so he can sit and rot in jail," said Sgiers.