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Bishop Heelan student dies after fatal hit-and-run in Florida

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Rosanio Rafael Bartolon-Morales
Authorities say the driver of the pickup truck that collided with the Sioux City teen has been identified as Rosanio Rafael Bartolon-Morales of Temple Terrace, Florida

TAMPA BAY, Flor. (KTIV) -- Bishop Heelan High School has confirmed that 19-year-old Keaton Chicoine died after a fatal hit-and-run incident in Florida.

"It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the loss of Keaton Chicoine from the Class of 2020.  Keaton was a beloved member of the Crusader family and our prayers are extended to his family and friends. We will honor him at tomorrow’s commencement ceremony," Christian A. Bork, Bishop Heelan's principal said in a statement.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a sedan driven by a 16-year-old from St. Petersburg, Florida, with Chicoine as a passenger, was traveling northbound on Frankland Howard Bridge towards Tampa Thursday afternoon. The bridge spans three miles and crosses Tampa Bay between Tampa and St. Petersburg.

The highway patrol says the sedan possibly experienced some mechanical issues and had to stop along the shoulder to inspect the vehicle.

At this time, authorities say a pickup truck with a trailer was also traveling northbound on the bridge where it drifted into the shoulder and collided with the Sioux City teen. Authorities say the teen was standing along the fog line and was inspecting the sedan.

Authorities say the Sioux City teen suffered fatal injuries at the scene of the crash.

Authorities say the pickup truck continued northbound on the bridge.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers were later able to catch up to the driver and he was arrested.

The driver has been identified as 33-year-old Rosanio Rafael Bartolon-Morales. He's been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash and driving without a license resulting in death.

Bartolon-Morales was delivered to the Hillsborough County Jail.

The name of the St. Petersburg teen has not yet been released by authorities.

Chicoine's death comes just two days before he was to graduate Bishop Heelan.

Following Chicoine's death, the Bishop Heelan baseball team decided to cancel its baseball games, Friday, against Newell-Fonda.
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