Family of student killed in hit-and-run crash reacts to suspect's arrest

Kristopher Martinez-Roman, photo courtesy of Tampa PD & HCSO.jpg

Police in Florida have apprehended a man suspected of being involved in a hit and run crash that killed a McCaskey High School student in May.

According to the Lancaster Bureau of Police, on June 12 detectives learned that Kristopher Martinez-Roman was possibly in Tampa, Florida.

Information and a description of Martinez-Roman was passed along to the Tampa Police Fugitive Apprehension Squad and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force.

According to police, Martinez-Roman was located and arrested by those apprehension units on June 12 at 3:40 pm.

He is currently being held at Hillsborough County Jail as a fugitive from justice and is awaiting extradition back to Lancaster County.

“I hope he rots in jail for the rest of his life,” said Andiolina Mercedez, Isaia’s Sister.

Mercedez recalls the emotions she was feeling when she heard about the arrest.

“It was mixed. I laughed and I cried. I mean it was a really big weight lifted off me because I feel like now he’s going to get justice,” said Mercedez.

Lancaster Police won’t explain exactly how they knew Martinez-Roman was in Tampa.

At least two Lancaster police officers have been pulled from their regular patrol duties to help in this investigation.

“There’s a lot of work that goes into these. An investigation like this is just like a homicide investigation in terms of the amount of interviews and follow ups,” said Lt. Bill Hickey with the Lancaster City Police Department.

The investigation is still active. Police are still looking for Josue Rivera. Police say he was one of two passengers in the vehicle with Martinez-Roman. If you know where Rivera is, Lancaster Police want to hear from you.

Martinez-Roman is awaiting extradition back to Lancaster County.

The condition of the other teen injured in the hit and run is not being released at the request of his family.

Just after 7 pm on May 24, Lancaster City Police officers responded to the area of E. King St. at Franklin St for a report of a vehicle crash with entrapment.

The two people found trapped in the vehicle were identified as students at McCaskey High School. The student who died in the crash was identified as 17-year-old Isaia Candelario, a junior at the school.

Police say an initial investigation found that the suspect driver of an Acura MDX, identified as Kristopher Martinez-Roman, ran through a red light and struck the victim's vehicle.

Martinez-Roman and the two other passengers in the vehicle fled the scene on foot.


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