After 17 months of searching for the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into an SUV, killing one and injuring four others, Raul Antonio Galindo, 28, of 18611 66th Street has been arested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

Galindo's arrest came at his place of employment where he was working under an assumed name, according to FHP Trooper Ken Weaver. Weaver participated in the arrest along with Suwannee County Deputy Tanya Joy, who was responsible for locating Galindo.

Galindo is charged in the March 12, 2005 fatal crash at CR 49 and 256th Street that occurred at about 2:12 p.m. that day. Galindo allegedly was driving a 1991 GMC pickup truck that failed to stop at the stop sign at CR 49, FHP said at the time. The truck, Weaver said, failed to stop as it headed eastbound on 256th Street, striking a 1999 SUV driven by Dorothy Courtemanche, 42, of McAlpin. Courtemanche and three others in the SUV were injured while Courtemanche's mother, Barbara Evans, 67, of McAlpin, died in the crash.

The driver of the pickup fled on foot.

Weaver said FHP Cpl. John Dale investigated the case and determined that Galindo, who is allegedly in the US illegally, was the driver and filed charges against him. Fourteen months after the accident, Weaver said FHP received a letter from Galindo confessing and apologizing for the accident, but didn't turn himself in. Recently Deputy Joy was called to investigate a domestic violence case and learned that Galindo was working locally under an assumed name. The company was contacted, cooperated by getting Galindo to a room in their building where he was arrested without incident. Weaver said Galindo was taken to the Suwannee County Jail where after he was marandized, confessed and told the law enforcement officers he was genuinely sorry. He told them he knew the woman had died when he read it in the local newspaper.

Galindo is being held without bond at this time.

Weaver said Courtemanche, the SUV driver, was eventually charged with DUI in the case.

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