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FHP identifies suspect in deadly I-95 hit and run in Boca Raton

Posted at 7:09 PM, Nov 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 17:55:01-05

The man Florida Highway Patrol believes was behind the wheel of a black Chrysler 200 responsible for a deadly hit-and-run crash on Interstate 95 in Boca Raton has been identified, court records show.

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The Chrysler struck and killed 36-year-old Kevin Scheinberg on his motorcycle of Sept. 2 in the northbound lanes of the interstate south of Yamato Road, FHP said.

WPTV is not naming the suspect because he has not been charged criminally yet. 

Determined detective work led investigators to the man they believe is the suspect, the newly released records detail.

The suspect remained on scene for approximately five minutes and fled while Boca Raton Police rendered aid to the victim, according to troopers.

FHP found portions of a red reflector around the crash area. A dealership inspected those pieces and helped determine the vehicle make and model to be a 2015 or newer Chrysler 200. 

Investigators obtained a database of all vehicles matching that description in Palm Beach and Broward counties and worked diligently to knock on doors each day to narrow down potential suspects.

A witness helped investigators obtain a sketch of the suspect in October.

Those investigators knocked several times on the door of an Oakland Park man matching the suspect’s description. Eventually, FHP received a call from the man’s attorney and requested an appointment to speak with him.

"I would like to think this person would eventually have come out and did the right thing but here we are," said Sonny Scheinberg, the victim's sister.

Scheinberg has patiently waited for answers since the night of September 2 when the driver of the car hit her brother and left the scene without ever talking to police.

"It hurts knowing that he's not going to be there for any Christmas or Thanksgiving after and knowing this person got to celebrate holidays with their family, I hope they have guilt on their mind," said Scheinberg.

The attorney for the man named in the court documents said he does plan to meet with FHP but does not know what the nature of the meeting is. He told WPTV that there is no indication of an arrest. 

Investigators say a witness identified the Oakland Park man without hesitation from a photo lineup.

Three days later a GPS in the car tracked it to an auto body repair shop in Oakland Park. FHP obtained a search warrant and seized the car.

Court records show the alleged suspect has a history of violent crimes. He was sentenced to four years in prison for armed robbery in 2002.

Now, the investigators are waiting on the results of a data recorder inside the vehicle which might prove it was involved in a crash. 

"I am thankful that we are getting a step closer every day," said Scheinberg.