TAMPA, Fla. – A Tampa family is experiencing overwhelming grief after a hit-and-run driver killed their 17-year-old daughter and sister, Ashley Perdomo. Less than 24 hours after her death, Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrested the driver they say killed her.
According to troopers, 56-year-old Nikolaos Konstantinou of Clearwater hit the Hillsborough High School Senior around 8 p.m. Wednesday as she crossed Hillsborough Avenue near Blue Springs Drive.
Perdomo died in the hospital.
Troopers say while Konstantinou didn’t stop, on Thursday afternoon he tried to file an insurance claim on his 2002 Hyundai.
The Geico insurance agent took one look at the damage to his car and called police.
An hour before Ashley’s family gathered for a vigil in the spot where she was left for dead, Konstantinou was booked into the Pinellas County jail for leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.
He walked in silence and would not answer questions from reporters about why he did not stop.
“That shows the type of person he is; inhumane -- you know -- that means he doesn’t have no bit of compassion,” said Ashley’s brother Bryant Perdomo.
He says had Konstantinou stopped and called 911 his younger sister might have survived.
“I’m happy that they got him, but it’s still not going to bring my sister back. She’s not coming back. She’s not coming back,” Bryant Perdomo said through tears.
Ashley’s mother is inconsolable. Mercedes Concepción thanked police and said she’s praying for peace and justice for Ashley.
Konstantinou will go before a Pinellas County judge on Friday afternoon and will then be extradited to Hillsborough County to face charges.
Perdomo’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for her funeral.