Driver in fatal hit-and-run near UCF arrested after returning to scene 3 hours later

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities still have not arrested the second of two drivers accused in a fatal hit-and-run near the University of Central Florida campus Sunday morning.

Investigators said 21-year-old Nicole Brennan, of Spring Hill, was killed while checking her car for damage from a fender bender on State Road 50 near Lake Pickett Road.

Troopers said James Robert Alpaugh, 49, was driving eastbound on East Colonial Drive in a pickup truck when he struck Brennan, who was standing between the left traffic lane and the left turn lane.

State troopers said Brennan rear-ended a vehicle and was outside of her car standing on the white line between two lanes on SR-50 when she was struck by Alpaugh.

"We assume trying to make contact with the other driver is when she stepped into the road and got hit by these vehicles," said Sgt. Kim Montes.

Montes said both drivers fled the scene but Alpaugh returned three hours later and admitted he hit something on the roadway but didn’t know what.

"(Alpaugh) told the investigator that he drove to his house in Titusville, believed he hit a deer and came back to see what he struck," said Montes.

Alpaugh was charged with leaving the scene of a crash. He was released on bond Monday.

FHP investigators are now looking for the minivan from the initial crash, which they said will have damage to the front bumper and undercarriage.

Brennan's friend, Anthony Kaspers, said he had known her since the two attended high school together in Hernando County. He described his friend as full of ideas and aspirations for the future.

"It was a really rough night," Kaspers said after hearing of Brennan's death.

He said he was with Brennan shortly before she was hit at 2 a.m.

"We were at a friend's house. He had a house warming party," said Kaspers. "I was actually on my way home shortly after her."

Investigators ask anyone with information on the crash to contact CRIMELINE or call FHP at 407-737-2213.