Arrest made in fatal 2014 Pasco hit-and-run accident

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An arrest was made Wednesday in a 2014 fatal hit-and-run accident.

On Dec. 30, 2014, 80-year-old Virginia Hughes was walking eastbound across the northbound lanes of US 19. She was struck by a vehicle around 7:23 p.m. Hughes died at the hospital.

The driver who struck Hughes left the scene, troopers said.

On Wednesday investigators charged John Burke with leaving the scene of a crash involving death. He was taken to the Pasco County Jail.

Troopers said that within hours of the crash they had identified the 2014 BMW 535 that hit Hughes. But, it took time to place Hughes behind the wheel of that vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Officials said Hughes likely wouldn’t have received a ticket if he had stayed at the scene. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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