FHP: Man, 21, charged in hit-and-run crash that killed 12-year-old boy

Jonathan Williams previously called 'prime suspect' in case

By Brianna Volz - Web producer, Emilee Speck - Digital journalist, Mike DeForest - Investigative Reporter
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The man called a "prime suspect" in a hit-and-run crash that left a 12-year-old boy dead earlier this week was officially charged in connection with the crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Jonathan Caleb Williams, 21, of Winter Haven, was arrested Wednesday on an unrelated charge, records show.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the driver of a Ford Focus struck Sebastian Duque Tuesday night on International Drive near Westwood Boulevard, ditched his car in the median and ran away.

The FHP said the boy was with other children crossing International Drive on a bicycle when the crash occurred. Two of the children with the victim said they were crossing the road when the car clipped the wheel of Sebastian's bike. They said that sent him underneath the Ford Focus.

Sebastian died at Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said the driver who hit the boy was not at fault for the crash; however, the criminal action was when the driver left the scene.

Williams' Wednesday arrest comes after Polk County Sheriff’s Office records showed he had violated the terms of his probation when he left his home county.

The Florida Department of Corrections learned of Williams' alleged probation violation when they were contacted by a Florida Highway Patrol corporal investigating the fatal hit-and-run on International Drive, according to a report.

The Florida Department of Corrections officer wrote in the arrest affidavit that Williams was a “prime suspect” in a fatal hit-and-run. Williams admitted to his probation officer that he was in Orange County at the time of the crash, a violation of his probation, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit obtained by News 6.

The corrections officer also wrote in the report that FHP officials told him Williams would be charged in the Orange County hit-and-run.

Williams was arrested in May after his father found a marijuana plant in the family’s backyard and told Williams to get rid of it, but instead he moved it into a shed, Winter Haven police arrest records show.

When Williams' father cut the plant, Williams became “extremely irate, destroying many items in the shed and damaging the walls and windows,” according to the arrest affidavit.

While police were investigating the marijuana plant incident, they discovered Williams had recently brought home a generator that had been stolen from a vacant home.  Records show Williams confessed to entering the vacant residence and stealing the generator, claiming he was going to return it after taking gas out of it.    

Williams later pleaded no contest to manufacturing cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary of a structure and grand theft. The judge withheld adjudication and put him on probation for five years.

Williams was booked into the Polk County Jail Wednesday.

Troopers said Friday that Williams was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates.

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