OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol said Monday that troopers arrested Kabir Ramnarine, 26, of Kissimmee, on charges of leaving the scene of a crash, driving with his license revoked and vehicular homicide after his wife died in a crash in Osceola County.
Ramnarine lost control of a rented 2019 Toyota and crashed it into a sign and then a tree at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday on San Lorenzo Road near Cortez Court, troopers said.
His passenger, Ashley Ramnarine, 26, of Webster, was pronounced dead by the medical examiner, troopers said. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the release.
Kabir Ramnarine then ran away from the scene of the crash, troopers said.
FHP Lt. Kim Montes said the Osceola County Sheriff's Office received a tip that Kabir Ramnarine was at a hotel, and deputies relayed that information to troopers.
He was arrested late Sunday at the Apollo Inn on East Vine Street in Kissimmee, FHP said.
"As we entered the hotel room after we got a warrant, the suspect had no weapons but picked up a remote control to simulate that he may have (one)," Montes said. "Troopers were forced to tase him to get him under control and arrest him."
Troopers said it is unknown what led up to the crash and that Kabir Ramnarine has not offered an explanation. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail without bail.
WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said Kabir Ramnarine could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
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