Driver in University Avenue hit-and-run arrested, released on bond


Updated on March 21 with information about bail and release conditions.

Daniel Lowell Screws, 38, the driver sought by Gainesville Police Department (GPD) in the Thursday hit-and-run that seriously injured a UF student, was arrested at the jail on the evening of March 19.

At approximately 5:20 p.m. on March 17, a pickup truck allegedly driven by Screws was traveling eastbound on W. University Avenue and made an abrupt turn northbound onto NW 23rd Street into the path of a moped-type scooter traveling westbound. The scooter collided with the truck in the intersection, where the scooter driver sustained serious injuries. After a GPD officer arrived to render aid, the driver of the truck fled the scene. The victim was trauma-alerted to UF Health Shands and was in stable condition yesterday, according to GPD.

Screws was released on March 20 on $100,000 bail, with conditions that he have no contact with the victim, not consume alcohol or illegal drugs, comply with a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew except for work, and not drive without a valid driver’s license.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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