NEW PORT RICHEY – Nearly 10 months after a motorist struck and killed a pedestrian along Little Road, Florida Highway Patrol troopers made an arrest.
A media alert states that James Robert Altenhofen, 62, of New Port Richey, surrendered to troopers Monday and was transported to the Pasco County Jail. Altenhofen, who had been the primary suspect in the investigation since the day after it happened, is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:50 a.m., Jan. 11. The 27-year-old male pedestrian from New Port Richey, whose name was not released, was walking northbound along the east shoulder of Little Road, just south of the intersection of Heritage Lake Boulevard.
Altenhofen was driving northbound on Little Road and as he neared the intersection, another vehicle, driven by the mother of the victim, stopped within the northbound left-turn lane for the purpose of picking him up and giving him a ride home.
The victim continued walking westbound across Little Road and into the path of Altenhofen's vehicle. The victim died at the scene and Altenhofen fled.
Debris at the scene indicated that the vehicle was a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. FHP troopers located the vehicle and Altenhofen the day after the accident and DNA evidence located on the vehicle later confirmed it belonged to Altenhofen.