FT. LAUDERDALE – The male teenager from Pompano Beach who was allegedly manning the vehicle that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident had insisted that he thought it was a dog.
The suspect, 18-year-old Tyler Burdhimo, remained quiet in a bond appearance before Broward Judge John Hurley. Burdhimo had told the investigators that he thought he only hit and dog and didn’t bother to stop. Burdhimo faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving a fatality and having no driver’s license in a crash involving a death. His bond was set by Judge Hurley at $ 17, 500.
The victim, 75-year-old Maria Konstantinidis, was hit near the intersection of NE 45th Street and 15th Terrace in Oakland Park and Burdhimo was allegedly behind the wheel of the Nissan Altima. Investigation reveals that there were no skid marks on the accident scene which means that the driver never put on the brakes which Burdhimo defended that “even somebody who hit a dog would have gotten out of the car.”
The detectives were able to get a lead when a witness saw the Altima with a damaged front end just a couple of blocks away from where the victim was struck.
However, Burdhimo does not own the vehicle. It belonged to his friend David Harris.
The father of David, Michael Harris, said tat nobody in their family had known until Burdhimo said that he hit something.
Even if Burdhimo posts bail on Wednesday, he’d still have to wait until Thursday for release because he will be fitted with a GPS monitoring device.
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