ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) — The woman accused of hitting and killing a tow truck driver on the Howard Frankland Bridge and then taking off Monday morning made her first appearance in court on Tuesday afternoon.
A judge set bond in the amount of $750,000 for 36-year-old Allison Faye Huffman. She’s charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident, and booked in the Pinellas County Jail without bond.
Huffman was taken into custody Monday night at The Promenade Apartments at 540 Carillon Pkwy where she was visiting a friend. That friend called police, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to FHP, Huffman was driving a black 2012 Volkswagen Passat when she struck and killed a tow truck driver that was assisting a disabled vehicle on the side of the Howard Frankland Bridge early Monday morning.
Huffman allegedly left the scene. The Volkswagen was found abandoned at the Crown Plaza Hotel near the Westshore Mall in Tampa several hours later.
Huffman is suspected of killing tow truck driver Rogelio Perez-Borroto, 43, who worked for Lou’s Total Car Care Towing and Recovery.
FHP spokesperson Steve Gaskins said Huffman then went to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa using the alias “Beth.” However, detectives did not find her on the casino’s surveillance video.
Driving records obtained by WFLA show Huffman has been arrested for DUI twice, in addition to other driving charges.