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Florida Man Ran Over, Killed Woman As Witness Tried To Call 911 For Help: Police

Source: Collier County Sheriff’s Office; Unsplash

Dec. 5 2022, Published 9:03 a.m. ET

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A man is accused of running over and killing a woman he knew, but a Good Samaritan helped police at the scene and find the suspected murderer.

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Last week, deputies with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Florida arrested Donald Lee Whitaker in connection to the case. He was being held in jail on a second-degree murder charge.

Around 8:40 p.m. on Nov. 28, police responded to a possible domestic disturbance where a woman was run over, according to the sheriff’s office.

When police arrived, they found the driver of a minivan, Whitaker, outside of the vehicle, holding the unnamed victim, deputies said. The victim was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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A witness said she was going to a friend’s house and saw the scene with a woman sitting on the ground and a van nearby.

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The witness asked the woman if she needed help, and the victim said, “no.” The witness felt the van was stalking the victim and contacted authorities. As she called police, the suspect ran over the victim.

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Whitaker then got out of the van and tried to carry the victim, but the witness said to stop because she was hurt.

“This individual is in our custody, thanks to the swift response by deputies and a Good Samaritan who stopped to help and contacted law enforcement,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said.


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