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Cops: Fla. driver left fatal accident to buy drink

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) – Deputies say a 21-year-old man struck and killed a pedestrian in southwest Florida, then left the scene and stopped for an alcoholic drink.

Polk County deputies arrested Richard Schenfield Friday on charges of leaving the scene of a crash with a fatality, and failure to obtain a valid driver’s license.

Deputies pulled Schenfield over as he drove by the crash earlier this week that killed 51-year-old William Moates. He denied knowing anything about the accident. But deputies later said they found evidence under Schenfield’s car linking him to the accident.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://lb.vg/qf870) reports that investigators also obtained surveillance video from a convenience store that shows Schenfield examining the front of his car, then buying an alcoholic beverage inside. He then checked the car again, apparently looking for damage.

Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com

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