Who is Willis Trueblood Jr? Suspect Arrested for Hit and Run Crash that Killed Ellie Sims

Willis Trueblood Jr, 18, has been arrested by Tallahassee PD for a hit-and-run accident that killed a student Monday.

Ellie Sims was killed Monday evening after being struck by a car on a crosswalk near the University.

She died at the scene while the driver fled.

TPD arrested him late Monday and identified him as Willis Trueblood Jr.

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A statement from the outfit read:

Today, the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) has arrested one person following the deadly hit-and-run crash that occurred on Monday, April 29, at approximately 6:40 p.m. at the intersection of Pensacola Street and Lorene Street.

Preliminary information obtained from witnesses on scene indicate the victim, an adult female, was utilizing the designated crosswalk when she was struck by 18-year-old Willis Trueblood Jr. Following the collision, Trueblood fled the scene.

Witnesses and passersby immediately attempted to render life-saving aid to the victim, who sadly succumbed to her injuries on scene.

With assistance from the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC), law enforcement received valuable information regarding the vehicle involved. Less than two hours after the incident, both the vehicle and its driver were located in southwest Tallahassee. Trueblood Jr. was apprehended without further incident and now faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

TPD is committed to enhancing pedestrian safety through proactive measures and community engagement. Drivers are reminded of the importance of adhering to posted traffic signals, ensuring the safe passage of pedestrians throughout Tallahassee. If you see someone driving erratically or with a disregard for the safety of others, say something. Report criminal activity by calling TPD at 850-891-4200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 850-574-TIPS.

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