Florida Authorities Looking for Driver Involved in Fatal Hit-and-Run
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL. – Authorities in Escambia County, Florida, are searching for the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash on January 17, according to an online news report from weartv.com. Troopers have released a description of the vehicle and are hoping to apprehend the driver quickly. The victim has not yet been identified.*
The accident occurred on the evening of January 17 on Fairfield Drive in Escambia County. At about 7 p.m., a pedestrian was attempting to cross Fairfield Drive, and a vehicle hit him. The crash occurred near Pace Boulevard and next to the Whataburger restaurant. It is not clear if the pedestrian was using a crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle did not stop after the collision.
The pedestrian sustained critical injuries and did not survive. Officials responding to the collision pronounced the man deceased at the scene. His name has not been released at this time. Witnesses in the area told reporters he might have been homeless.
A woman who witnessed the accident pulled over immediately and stayed at the scene to talk to authorities and reporters.
“[The driver] had no headlights on, and they hit the guy,” the woman said. “The guy rolled a couple of times, the tires rolled over him a good three, four times, and the car just kept going. I won’t sleep for weeks. I never thought I would see something like that, and the person [was] so heartless just to take off and take a life.”
Florida Highway Patrol says it is searching for a white or silver dually pickup truck with possible damage to the front end or side.
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