SEFFNER — A Seffner man painted a truck in an attempt to hide his involvement in a hit-and-run death, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Henry Earl Riner, 71, was arrested Monday and faces felony charges of leaving the scene of a crash where someone was killed, tampering with physical evidence, and driving while his license was permanently revoked. Riner, of 6325 NorthBlack Dairy Road, was released on $19,000 bail Tuesday afternoon.
According to deputies, Linda Kay Fisher, 46, a mother of two, was walking north on Black Dairy Road about 11:30 p.m. Nov. 10. when Fisher hit her and drove away unseen.
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Fisher's body was found just after dawn in a ditch on the east side of the road. Evidence at the scene indicated that the vehicle that killed her was red or orange.
"A piece of the vehicle found at the scene was a unique color," said sheriff's Cpl. Larry McKinnon. "It was like the color of a traffic cone."
A tip to Crime Stoppers led deputies to Riner, who lives on 6325 North Black Dairy Road, the Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies said they found a 1966 Chevrolet pickup truck there that had recently been painted black. A photo of the truck before the paint job showed the vehicle had been an orange-red color.
Deputies said they found damage on the truck consistent with the collision that killed Fisher. Riner, deputies said, had borrowed the car the night of the hit-and-run.
Riner has been arrested several times since 1973 on charges of driving while under the influence. In 2011, he was charged with his fifth DUI.
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