Cameron Holmes (Photo via LCSO)

High school coach arrested in deadly Fort Myers DUI hit-and-run

FORT MYERS, Fla. A 28-year-old assistant high school basketball coach was arrested in connection with a driving under the influence and a deadly hit-and-run, the Fort Myers Police Department said.

Cameron Holmes is facing charges related to the death of 53-year-old Helen Heastie, according to police. The crash happened around 2:20 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Colonial Boulevard and Ortiz Avenue.

Heastie died later at a hospital.

Holmes, the assistant varsity basketball coach at Southwest Florida Christian Academy in Fort Myers, has been placed on administrative leave in the wake of the crash, Head of School Lisa Kleinmann said.

Holmes’ wife drove with him to the scene with his wife following the crash and told officers “he believed he came in contact with something,” police said in a press release. Officers then noticed Holmes had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol, and was swaying, with slow and slurred speech, according to police.

Holmes took a field sobriety test but refused a breath test, police said. He was taken to the Lee County Jail.

He faces charges of DUI and hit-and-run involving death.

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