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The Latest: the Parents of the man who killed cyclist speak

TAMPA, Florida. – The Latest on a hit-and-run crash that killed a Florida father is on the bike with his young sons (all times are local):

3:45 pm

The parents of a man arrested in Florida for allegedly hitting and killing a man on a bicycle, that their son is a talented athlete who suffers from deep mental illness.

Michael and Khadeeja Morse said Monday that they are affected by the accident and send condolences to the family of the victim.

Their 30-year-old son, Mikese Morse has been in the hospital a few times since his early twenties. They say that he was having a psychotic break on Sunday when authorities said he intentionally drove off the road,” cutting into the traffic and over a grass easement, to kill, and a 42-year-old father on a bike with his two young sons.

An American track-and-field athlete, Mikese Morse had repeatedly qualified for the United States Olympic Trials.

But his parents told The Associated Press that in recent years, he struggled mentally, sometimes appear to function properly, and other times, not taking his medication and cursing on the social media.

The Morses say that their son asked the police to involuntarily commit him to a facility two weeks ago, but he was released recently.

10:15 pm

A motorist arrested in Florida after a witness said that he deliberately ran over a man on a bicycle is an American track and field athlete who repeatedly qualified for the United States Olympic Trials.

Tampa Police say the 30-year-old Mikese Morse on Sunday, deliberately drove off the road,” cutting into the traffic and over a grass easement, to kill, and a 42-year-old father on a bike with his two young sons.

As an athlete, Mikese specialized in the long jump. He went to the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he won the Big East Championship jump of 25 feet, seven-and-a-half inches (7.81 meters). He attended the University of Miami.

He was a U.S. Olympic Trials finalist in 2008 and 2016.

The police said Monday that Morse was recently included in the hospital against his will for a mental evaluation.

Morse is charged with premeditated first-degree murder and leaving the scene. The prison records are not a lawyer.

9:00 pm

Police in Florida say that a driver in a car “deliberately drove off the road,” cutting into the traffic and over a grass easement, to kill, and a 42-year-old father on a bike with his two young sons.

Tampa police chief Brian Dugan told reporters Monday that witnesses saw the 30-year-old Mikese Morse hit the family and speed away. He was arrested Sunday evening in the home of his parents in Tampa after someone spotted the vehicle the police were looking for and called 911.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon as 42-year-old Pedro most important photographer, internationally was the drawing of a child on his bike with another child behind him. The chief says all were wearing helmets and were on the off-road bike path. Most important photographer, internationally, has died and his 3-year-old seriously injured.

Dugan also says that Morse was recently included in the hospital against his will for a mental evaluation. He says Morse walked into a police station on June 12, exhibited “strange behavior”, so the police detained him.

Morse is now charged with premeditated first-degree murder and leaving the scene. The prison records are not a lawyer.

7:43 pm

A 30-year-old Florida man is accused of deliberately driving into a family on a bike ride, killing the father and seriously injuring a toddler.

Tampa police say the 30-year-old Mikese Morse was arrested Sunday night and charged with premeditated first-degree murder. He is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death and injuries. He is being held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Tampa police chief Brian Dugan told reporters that the 42-year-old Pedro most important photographer, internationally was driving on an off-road bike path with his young sons around noon on Sunday, when Morse drove his Dodge Avenger off the road, over a grass median and in the family.

Most important photographer, internationally was killed, and his 3-year-old Bennett, was severely injured. His 8-year-old, Lucas, was not seriously injured.

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