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Suspect in fatal hit-and-run turns himself in

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Late Saturday night investigators confiscated the vehicle driven by the suspect when he struck Woods. Late Saturday night investigators confiscated the vehicle driven by the suspect when he struck Woods.
Joiner, 42, is facing one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. Joiner, 42, is facing one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - A 42-year-old Seffner man has been charged in the death of Thomas Dean Woods.

Mac Creighton Joiner walked into the Orient Rd. Jail Saturday night and admitted to striking the 25-year-old Texas man with his pickup truck late Friday night as Woods walked along South Parsons Ave.

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Joiner is facing one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $15,000.

According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office report the massive media attention led Creighton to seek out authorities at approximately 8:30 p.m. He was questioned by one of the department’s traffic homicide detectives and arrested.

Investigators say Joiner was driving his 1995 blue Dodge Dakota pick-up truck northbound on South Parsons when he observed Woods standing on the east side of the roadway. The suspect said he was unable to avoid hitting him.
 
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The impact of the truck knocked the victim onto the grassy shoulder and Joiner fled the scene without stopping to render assistance. He also failed to call for help. Woods suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect also provided the location of the pick-up truck which had damage consistent with the crash. The vehicle – which has a broken windshield – has been impounded.

Joiner is no stranger to law enforcement. He has been arrested three times in Hillsborough County since 2009 on marijuana and domestic battery charges.

The victim’s permanent address is listed as Navasota, Texas but investigators and family members say Woods has been living in various locations in southern and eastern Hillsborough County for a few months.

He has family members in Riverview and Gibsonton.

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