TAMPA, Fla. -- A naked man who jumped on cars on Dale Mabry Highway Wednesday morning has died at an area hospital, according to Tampa Police Department.
The man has been identified as Nathan Howard Hamilton, 39.
About 5:36 a.m. Wednesday, witnesses said they heard screaming and yelling and then Hamilton appeared naked in front of the Howard Johnson motel, where he had a room.
Police said he apparently broke a window outside one of the adjoining rooms then ran across Dale Mabry Highway. In the southbound lanes he nearly was struck by a car. The car stopped, and Hamilton jumped on the car and began kicking it, and hitting his head on the windshield. The car began moving forward and Hamilton remained on the car.
The car stopped just south of Spruce Street in front of a Denny's restaurant. Hamilton continued to hit his head on the car. He suffered injuries to his head, face, and legs from striking the car. A witness who called 911 said the man appeared to be on drugs.
An officer who arrived on the scene was unable to restrain Hamilton. An attempt to use a Taser was unsuccessful.
Eventually, several officers handcuffed Hamilton. Several times, police saw Hamilton appear to lose consciousness and then continue to act aggressively.
Hamilton was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.