Plagued by a guilty conscience, a driver who struck a woman and fled the scene in Deerfield Beach turned himself into police Thursday, according to authorities.
Detectives said Bruce Staehle, 59, contacted traffic homicide investigators and confessed to the crime early Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, 41-year-old Stacy Powers, the victim in the hit-and-run, remains in a coma at Broward Health North Hospital.
Peppers was struck on Nov. 1 while crossing the 800 block of Southeast 6th Avenue with her husband. The couple had been visiting her mother-in-law at the Monaco Gardens Condominiums.
After details of the incident were released to the media Monday, a friend of Bruce Staehle, who saw the report on TV, contacted deputies and said he knew Staehle was involved.
According to detectives, Wayne Satterwhite told them he asked Staehle to use his mother-in-law’s red 2006 Kia Sedona minivan to pick him and other family members up from the airport on Nov. 1.
When Staehle arrived at the airport, Satterwhite and his family questioned Staehle about front-end damage to the van, police said.
According to detectives, Satterwhite was unconvinced when Staehle told him he hit something.
Authorities said Satterwhite went to the BSO Deerfield Beach district office to speak with deputies when he learned of the hit-and-run.
Detectives said Staehle told them he was scared and didn’t know how to handle the situation, so he fled. He said he watched the report online after Satterwhite brought it to his attention and he wanted to clear his conscience, authorities said.
Staehle was booked Thursday and faces charges for leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage.