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

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

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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  • These hit and run cowardly acts should be made known that you’ll be punished severely just like a DUI.

    • Yea charge the rich college student that drove on the grass on 20th and committed a hit and run death of the little boy DJ. Alachua County only charges who they want to charge. How is it possible to break the law by driving on the grass because you don’t want to wait in the traffic jam like all the other citizens and you run over a kid walking on his way from school. Multiple witnesses told the police what they witnessed. He left the kid laying there and his punishment was probation. White privilege is real. HE DID A HIT AND RUN THAT KILLED A KID. He probably drove home called his rich parents and they started the cover up process. SMH Alachua County never been fair.

  • It’s really messed up how Alachua County only charge who they want with hit and run. WHY HAVEN’T THEY CHARGED AND CONVICTED THE COLLEGE STUDENT THAT COMMITTED A HIT AND RUN DEATH ON THE LITTLE BOY DJ THAT WAS GETTING OFF THE SCHOOL BUS ON 20TH. I hope someone informs his family they can sue the county and the rich college student. The college student actually drove on the grass hit the poor little baby and left and went home to properly call his rich parents so they can start the cover up process. SMH

  • Yea charge the rich college student that drove on the grass on 20th and committed a hit and run death of the little boy DJ. Alachua County only charges who they want to charge. How is it possible to break the law by driving on the grass because you don’t want to wait in the traffic jam like all the other citizens and you run over a kid walking on his way from school. Multiple witnesses told the police what they witnessed. He left the kid laying there and his punishment was probation. White privilege is real. HE DID A HIT AND RUN THAT KILLED A KID. He probably drove home called his rich parents and they started the cover up process. SMH Alachua County never been fair.

  • WTF does this have to do with being white?
    Hit and run is being a COWARD, if death or major injury ensues then no bail.

  • The victim is the roommate of my friend’s brother. He will never be or look the same. It’s really sad.

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