Driver flees after fatally striking man pushing woman in wheelchair, police say

Jesus Bolanos Rodriguez faces multiple charges

By Brianna Volz - Web producer, Lauren Cervantes - Reporter

APOPKA, Fla. - A 26-year-old man is facing charges after hitting and killing a man who was pushing a woman in a wheelchair while driving in Apopka, according to police.

Apopka police said Jesus Bolanos Rodriguez was driving north on U.S. 441 near State Road 436 Sunday before 4 a.m. when he hit and killed 55-year-old Manuel Robledo, who was pushing 64-year-old Sue Ann Alfrey in a wheelchair north across 441 at the time.

Robledo was taken to Advent Health Apopka, where he died from his injuries, according to police. Alfrey was taken to Orlando Health Hospital, where she remains in critical condition, police said. 

Rodriguez fled in a white SUV, which investigators later located following a trail of fluid from the scene. When investigators found the vehicle, it was abandoned and had no license plate, according to police. The front airbags were also deployed and the front of the vehicle was damaged, according to the arrest report.

Police also used the trail to locate Rodriguez, who told them he had been drinking at a nightclub in Orlando before the crash and continued driving because he was scared due to his level of intoxication, the report said.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury to a person and driving without a license, according to the report. He was taken to the Orange County Jail.

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