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Fatal hit-and-run suspect in custody a year later

1:38 PM, Mar 20, 2013   |    comments
Robert Sparrow, 40
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Almost one year ago, a person driving on the Matthews Bridge was struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene of the crash.

After months of investigative work, a suspect, 40-year-old Robert Sparrow is in custody, according to a Facebook post by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Sparrow is accused of striking two vehicles on the Matthews Bridge, killing at least one other driver, the post detailed.

Witnesses told police Sparrow was the at-fault driver and made no efforts to aid crash victims.

According to JSO's post, Sparrow allegedly attempted to report his car as stolen March 23, 2012, the day of the crash.

Further investigation determined Sparrow was allegedly traveling at 82 MPH two-and-a-half seconds prior to impact, according to the post. Blood was allegedly located on the airbag of Sparrow's vehicle.

A warrant was issued for Sparrow on March 19, 2013.

Sparrow is currently being held in the Duval County Jail facing charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. Sparrow is being held on a $300,000 bond.

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