LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The suspect in the 2008 death of a Lee County woman now faces an additional felony charge.
Luis Gonzalez, DOB 10-2-85, was initially charged with fleeing the scene of a fatal accident, a first degree felony. Detectives have now added the charge of manslaughter with a weapon, another first degree felony.
Tia Poklemba, then 25 years old, was found fatally wounded on a secluded, dead-end street in San Carlos Park during the early morning hours of August 8, 2008.
Evidence shows she had been run over twice by a car, once in drive and once in reverse. Surveillance video showed Gonzalez and Poklemba had left a nearby bar together a few hours earlier. Since then, Gonzalez has been on the run, believed to have fled to Mexico.
The additional manslaughter charge is a result of a re-evaluation of the evidence with prosecutors at the State Attorney's Office, according to Detective Mike Carr.
The manslaughter charge is an extraditable crime, according to Detective Carr. That means if Gonzalez is found in Mexico, he can be brought back to Lee County to face charges.