Belleview, Florida — On May 18, the Florida Highway Patrol was notified of a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 301, at the intersection of Southeast 125th Place, Belleview.
According to FHP, Zachery T. Holt, 17, who was known by his friends as “Zach”, was walking southbound, adjacent to the roadway, when Vanisha V. Weir, who was driving a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, slammed into Holt and continued driving.
Holt was thrown onto the west grassy shoulder.
Troopers said that Weir left Burger King, where she works, at approximately 11:46 p.m.
Holt’s body was discovered by a Belleview police officer at approximately 1:51 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to reports, FHP received information that the vehicle involved in the crash was at a Waffle House located on State Road 44.
Troopers say that Weir left the scene of the accident and drove to Wildwood, where she called law enforcement and reported that her car had been vandalized. When Sumter County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrived at the Waffle House, they inspected the vehicle and immediately knew Weir was not telling the truth.
Weir later stated that she thought she had hit an animal. However, troopers said that Weir was scene wiping evidence from the front of her vehicle. Troopers indicated that Weir had attempted to wipe away fabric that was transferred to the front of her vehicle from Holt’s clothing.
At the crash scene, troopers found pieces of Weir’s car. One of the damaged pieces had a vehicle identification number on it, which matched her vehicle.
Weir was arrested and Charged with Failure to Stop and Remain at a Crash Scene Involving Death and Destroying-Tampering with Evidence. She is being held at the Marion County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
Holt was a student at Belleview High School.
Authorities say he might have been on his way home from work when he was hit and killed.