LEESBURG — More details are beginning to emerge in the hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a man at a chaotic after-hours event at Lake Square Mall on Friday.

Police are still looking for the driver of the 2018 Chevy pickup who ran away after the crash in the early morning hours in the parking lot of Via Entertainment, which is the entertainment complex behind the mall.

However, a picture is beginning to form, according to Lt. Joe Iozzi.

The driver, apparently in “an ill-conceived idea,” decided to put the truck in gear to scare friends outside the vehicle as a joke, Iozzi said. Somehow, the gas pedal was pushed, sending the truck into a parked vehicle and then two pedestrians before it finally came to rest against a tree.

Lawanda Alteen, 37, who was in the parked vehicle, was not injured. Pedestrian Matthew Wilkerson, 26, of Citra, refused treatment for minor injuries, but Michael Roberts, 27, of Ocala, was pinned beneath the vehicle and later died at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

David Peter Ward, the man who put on the Hang Out Fridays event, said he only sold 100 tickets to the bowling alley, bar and entertainment venue, which could hold up to 900 people. His Facebook page advertised: “Ladies 21 and up free till 11:15,” and “music by Funk Boi DJS, 10:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.”

He described the event as a “party” with a DJ, not a concert, as it was labeled in the hours following the event.

He was reluctant to comment, saying the incident is still under investigation, but did say, “We want to express our condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Roberts.”

Several people were supportive on his Facebook page.

One man was arrested at the scene but he was not the driver of the pickup, police said.

When Officer Travonte Kitchen heard the crash he started running to the scene. He saw a man jump out of a Chevrolet with South Carolina plates. He ordered the man to stop, but he kept running and pushed a bystander out of the way.

The officer eventually fired his Taser, but that didn’t stop him. the fleeing man even tried to get into another car, yelling “Let me in!” That vehicle drove off, and he fell to the ground.

Officers were then able to slap handcuffs on him and put him in the back of a patrol car.

He gave officers a fake name. Eventually, they learned his name is Carlon K. Webb, 25, of Ocala. He was wanted on several felony warrants out of Marion County. In Lake County, he was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest without violence and providing false identification to police. He was taken to the Lake County Jail where he was held on $15,000 bail.

Police are still interviewing witnesses. Some have come forward saying that they, too, were struck by the pickup truck.

Investigators are also sifting through evidence, including phones left in the vehicle and DNA, which could pinpoint the driver. It could take several weeks for those results to come back, Iozzi cautioned.

If Ward is correct, and only 100 tickets were sold, the large crowd that showed up was still difficult for police to handle.

There were reports of shots fired at a nearby Waffle House, which turned out to be false, and a big crowd at a convenience store down the road.

The ripple effect was reminiscent of what happened in Mount Dora last summer, when an event was oversold at a banquet hall, extra police had to be called in, and two people were shot nearby, one fatally.

The banquet hall was cited for code violations and Mount Dora started getting involved proactively with a new temporary permit process.

ViaEntertainment was the scene of an earlier party, but the only problem then was noise complaints from neighbors.

Anyone with information about the case can call Leesburg Police at 352-728-9860 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.