Lehigh man arrested for SR-82 hit-and-run that killed mother and son
Florida Highway Patrol confirms it has arrested male suspect Courtney Adam Masterson, 42, of Lehigh Acres Saturday in connection to a deadly hit-and-run crash that happened along State Road 82 in Lehigh Friday.
According to FHP, investigators have Masterson in custody and impounded a suspected hit-and-run vehicle — a red 2001 Dodge 3500 — believed to be involved in the deadly crash that killed mother and son Katherine and Ronald Cujas.
Masterson is accused of driving a red pickup truck along SR-82 just west of Gregory Avenue and hitting both Katherine and Ronald as well as their parked trucks on the road’s shoulder and then leaving the scene of the crash. Ronald had blown a tire on his black truck, and Katherine met him along SR-82 and parked her white truck on the side of the road to assist him when they were both hit by the oncoming, suspected vehicle.
Investigators arrested Masterson at a Lehigh home along the 900 block of Foxdale Avenue, where they also impounded the suspected red truck.
Masterson faces two counts of charges for Hit-And-Run (Fail to Stop Remain at Crash Involving Death) and Hit-And-Run (Leave the Scene of a Crash Involving Damage to Property). Masterson also faces a charge for Failing to Register Motor Vehicle.
FHP Lt. Greg Bueno says Masterson might face additional charges, and he said there is more work to be done in the ongoing investigation now that a suspect has been arrested and a suspected vehicle impounded. FHP is crediting an anonymous SWFL Crime Stoppers tipster for leading them to Masterson.
“If you see something, say something because we can’t be everywhere,” Bueno said. “If it was your family member, you would certainly want somebody to speak up because it’s the right thing to do.”
Bueno also shared a reminder about the consequences of leaving the scene of any crash that someone has been involved in.
“Should you leave, regardless of whether you’re at fault or not, that is now a crime scene,” Bueno said. “And you’ve committed a criminal act, and that’s whether it’s property damage, injury or death. That one phone call staying on scene could potentially save someone’s life.”
Masterson has been booked in to Lee County Jail without set bond.
BREAKING NEWS…Troopers have made an arrest in the hit & run fatal crash that occurred on SR 82 yesterday. Troopers have also impounded a 2001 Dodge 3500 as the suspected hit & run vehicle. The investigation is ongoing. pic.twitter.com/1AjrHl8SRC
— FHP SWFL (@FHPSWFL) November 23, 2019