Driver arrested for fatal crash and run in Arcadia

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. – A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with a multi-vehicle crash in DeSoto County in January that left an Arcadian man dead.

Ryan McEwen, 21, died after another driver, Casey Wendell Davis, crashed into his Toyota and caused it to overturn.

The crash happened at 1:45 a.m. on January 16 on State Road 70. McEwen stopped at a stop sign at NW Pine Level Road and turned right onto SR 70, crossing the street from Davis, one 2003 Jaguar. Davis hit the back of McEwen’s car, causing it to overturn and land on the south side of the road.

Davis’ car collided with a wooden fence and caught fire.

Soldiers said Davis fled the scene of the crash and was later found at his home. McEwen, who was on his way to pick up his brother, died at the scene.

Victim Ryan McEwen, 21 years old

Soldiers arrested Davis on Friday following a lengthy investigation into the crash. He is facing charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and providing false information to law enforcement.

Davis was booked into the DeSoto County Jail.

McEwen’s family says Ryan works at a nursing home and he loves helping others.

Kristi Stilwell, McEwen’s mother, said: ‘He’s always smiling even when he’s angry.

McEwen’s father said he would have felt differently if the other driver had stayed at the scene and called for help, but instead left his son alone.

“Maybe Ryan would still be here today, but he ran, that’s the only thing he ran,” said James Veasley, McEwen’s father, James Veasley. Driver arrested for fatal crash and run in Arcadia

Tom Vazquez

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