Suspect in fatal Sarasota hit-and-run case turns himself in

June 11th, 2015 by Staff

Clyburn, 19, is in the Sarasota County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $20120.

(BTLS Staff) SARASOTA, Fla. – Sarasota Police have arrested a 19-year-old in connection with Tuesday’s fatal hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a wheelchair-bound man.

Malik Clyburn turned himself in early Thursday. He is facing one count of failing to stop to render aid at a crash involving death and one count of operating a motor vehicle with a valid driver’s license.

According to a Sarasota Police Department reported Michael Wright, a 48-year-old homeless man, was propelling his wheelchair in the crosswalk of the intersection of 17th St. and U.S. 301 just before 9 pm when he was struck. He died from his injuries early Wednesday.

Investigators say Clyburn confessed to being behind the wheel of the car that struck Wright. He was booked into the Sarasota County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $20,120.

Police confiscated his 2012, four-door, KIA Optima, gray in color. Clyburn is scheduled to make his first appearance before a judge Thursday afternoon.

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