OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) – A person of interest wanted in a deadly hit and run accident in Oakland Park that claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with the crime.
According to BSO, after Christopher Thompson’s name and picture was released on June 25th as a person of interest, Broward Crime Stoppers received a number of calls about his possible location.
Detectives also learned Thompson was in the company of his girlfriend and their 6-year-old son.
Concerned about the welfare and safety of the child and his mother, investigators issued a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for the girlfriend’s 2004, gold-color Nissan.
The car was spotted in the 700 block of Commercial Boulevard Tuesday evening and deputies took Thompson into custody without incident. The girlfriend was unharmed. The couple’s son was located at his aunt’s home in Ft. Myers safe and sound.
Additional Crime Stoppers tips led detectives to Thompson’s vehicle. The black, 1995 Chevy Tahoe was located at a tow yard in Port St. Lucie. Repairs had been made to the vehicle, according to BSO.
Thompson was booked into the BSO Main Jail facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, tampering with evidence, driving while license suspended and had an unrelated warrant for driving with a revoked license.
The hit and run took place on Thursday, June 14th as 17-year-old Gabriel Amaya was riding his bike from east to west along Prospect Road just before 10 p.m. Amaya was struck in the crosswalk and thrown from the bike into the roadway.
Amaya was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.