A 16-year-old Lakeland teenager was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Sunday morning on County Road 540-A in Polk County.
Blake Dowdy was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency service personnel just before 2 a.m.
Approximately 40 minutes later Christopher A. Koenig called 9-1-1 to report he had struck someone with his pick-up truck while coming home from a bar.
According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report Koenig, a 29-year-old Lakeland resident, is facing one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death and one count of driving under the influence causing death.
He was booked in to the Polk County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Investigators say Koenig spent part of his evening drinking with a friend at the Paddy Wagon Irish Pub in Lakeland. The pair departed in Koenig's 2012 black Ford F-150 pick-up and were traveling east on CR 540-A when they hit the teen just east of Hallam Preserve Blvd.
Dowdy and a friend were walking west on the southern shoulder of the roadway when he was struck. A witness told detectives that the driver of the pick-up truck did not slow down, brake or stop after hitting the teen.
The victim was thrown approximately 87 feet into a drainage ditch south of the roadway.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd calls the incident a senseless tragedy.
"Christopher Koenig has taken the life of a teenage boy because he refused to take a cab or get a ride home," Judd said. "Now he will have to suffer the consequences and the Dowdy family will forever suffer a tremendous loss."
After receiving the 9-1-1 call Polk deputies responded to Koenig's residence where they took him into custody. The suspect exhibited signs of having consumed alcohol investigators say.
Blood samples were taken from Koenig for analysis at a Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.
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