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Hit-and-run suspect: I don't remember anything

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Police have made an arrest in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed one bicyclist and injured another over the weekend.

Police are crediting the public's help in finding 29-year-old Christopher Weed, who investigators say was caught on a beach camera passing through the area after the accident.

The crash happened at the foot of the Memorial Causeway around 6:20 a.m. Monday. The causeway connects Clearwater and Clearwater Beach.

Robert Lemon and Hillary Michalak were riding a tandem bike; Lemon died from his injuries Tuesday morning.

Michalak, 27, is a director of youth and families at a Seminole church. Lemon, 25, managed a bike shop. Friends say the two loved riding their bikes and were safety conscious.

Police say Weed actually came into the police station after seeing news coverage of the hit-and-run accident but told them he didn't remember anything about the accident. He told them he believes it was his truck.

Detectives let him go and investigated further, arresting him later at his mother's home in Clearwater. A tip via Crime Stoppers helped police, investigators said.

"We found the vehicle in his backyard, without the windshield, so we need to see the windshield for this vehicle right now," Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway said.

Weed is telling detectives he was leaving his job at Shephard's Resort on Clearwater Beach early Monday morning - but he said he doesn't remember anything from the time he left work until the time he got home and took a shower.

The key piece of evidence, police say, is the beach camera. It snapped Weed's green Nissan truck cruising through the area just minutes after the tandem bike was hit.

Police have released pictures of that truck. It shows front damage to the right side of the vehicle, with the windshield completely broken out.

Police said Weed has now hired an attorney and is no longer cooperating. Investigators are also still searching for the windshield.

Police are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen the vehicle. If you did, call Clearwater police.

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