Report details what led to arrest in months old hit and run

Writer: Matthew Seaver
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(Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

An arrest report sheds light on details regarding a hit and run that took place in April. Police arrested Gloria King, 30, on Oct. 18. They say one of King’s friends helped them solve the case.

On April 8, 2021, Fort Myers police responded to a hit and run in the area of Fowler and Market Street. The man who was hit was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and survived.

Police say the incident began with Gloria King visiting a friend and her friend’s son. King allowed her friend’s son to use her phone and when she asked for it back a verbal altercation began. The friend decided because of the argument, to hold onto the phone and drive to the Fort Myers Police Department to prevent the fight from escalating.

King’s friend told Fort Myers police that on the way to the police station, King was following her. The friend says that is when King hit the pedestrian. They told police that King honked when she saw the person but did not stop after hitting them.

FMPD says that surveillance video from outside of the police station shows King and her friend arguing with King gesturing towards her car’s windshield.

Based on the information from the friend, police tried to contact King but were unsuccessful until King’s friend called police during a separate altercation with King.

Police say they found the car with damage that appeared to have been caused by a hit and run and took DNA samples from it to confirm. They say those samples matched the DNA of the person who was hit.

King was arrested on unrelated felony warrants and investigators for the hit and run were notified. They added a charge of leaving the scene with serious bodily injury.

King has been released on $36,000 bond.

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