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Christopher Martin (Source: Broward Sheriff's Office)

Christopher Martin (Source: Broward Sheriff’s Office)

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Kevin Gilliam Jr., 29, was killed by a hit and run driver while riding his motorcycle on Broward Boulevard back in November. Just shy of a month later—authorities have made an arrest.

Christopher Earl Martin, 51, is the man Ft. Lauderdale Police Department believes is responsible for killing Gilliam on November 10 at approximately 3:30 pm.

Martin, according to authorities, was driving a Ford Focus westbound in the left turn lane of West Broward Boulevard, attempting to make either a left or U-turn at Northwest 36 Avenue.

Gilliam was riding his 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound in the left lane of West Broward Boulevard, approaching Northwest 36 Avenue. Martin, according to police, failed to yield and entered Gilliam’s lane. Gilliam’s bike was struck on the passenger side of Martin’s car, causing him to be thrown to the ground. Martin, police say, immediately fled on foot from the scene of the crash.

Related: Candlelight Vigil Held For Motorcyclist Killed In Crash

Gilliam was transported to Broward Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The vigil for 29-year old Kevin Gilliam, Jr. will be held Nov. 20th at the corner of Broward Boulevard and NW 36th Avenue at 5 p.m.  (Source: They Hyman Family)

The vigil for 29-year old Kevin Gilliam, Jr. will be held Nov. 20th at the corner of Broward Boulevard and NW 36th Avenue at 5 p.m. (Source: They Hyman Family)

Traffic Homicide Investigators identified the driver as Martin, a Ft. Lauderdale resident.

Martin was arrested Friday at approximately 8:30 am in Ft. Lauderdale.

Formal charges against Martin are pending the completion of the investigation.

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