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Adrian Zupita, 19. (Credit: WINK News)

Man accused of killing Lehigh teen in hit-and-run to be released on reduced bond

A man accused of killing a Lehigh Acres teenager with his car and then fleeing the scene will be released on reduced bail.

Judge Margaret Steinbeck granted a motion to reduce the bail for Adrian Zurita to $50,000.

Zurita, 19, was arrested Sunday for a hit-and-run crash that happened a few days prior near his Lehigh Acres home.

He will be released with an ankle monitoring bracelet and will not be permitted to drive.

Defense attorney Jerry Berry painted a picture of Zurita as a good kid with a bright future. He graduated from Riverdale High School with all A’s and B’s and at just 19 was managing a Domino’s store.

He worked his way up at the store from clerk to supervise 30 employees in three years. He is saving to be a franchisee and is part of their corporate program.

But the prosecutor reminded the court that the good deeds work against him in that he couldn’t even call 911 after hitting and killing a 15-year-old boy.

Zuritas’s father, Jose, testified that he told his older son to bring deputies to the home to speak with Adrian shortly after the crash.

He denied ever instructing his son not to call 911.

The family of the victim broke down in tears after the judge’s ruling.

Reporter:Lauren Sweeney
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