Potential Suspect Comes Forward in Hit-and-Run Accident in Palmetto, Florida
PALMETTO, FL. – According to a news report published online at wtsp.com, a potential suspect has come forward in the case of a hit-and-run collision in Palmetto, Florida. The report says the incident involved a vehicle striking three pedestrians, tragically killing two of them and leaving the third with serious injuries. No arrests have yet been made.*
The accident happened early in the morning on U.S. Highway 19 in Palmetto. Florida Highway Patrol and WTSP state that three pedestrians were walking along the highway at about 2:30 a.m., when a passing vehicle hit them near 49th Street. The pedestrians were walking south on the shoulder of the highway at the time of the accident.
It appeared to investigators that the vehicle in question veered into the shoulder. The vehicle did not remain at the scene following the accident and did not contact authorities. WTSP reports that two of the pedestrians, a 47-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy, were tragically killed in the crash. The third pedestrian was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. A current medical condition for the third pedestrian was not included in the report.
Troopers believed that the vehicle involved was a white Chevrolet Silverado. They sent this information to the news media and asked people to contact them with information. The following day, Florida Highway Patrol says a man contacted investigators saying that his vehicle matched the description, and he thought he had hit a deer the day before.
Troopers reportedly seized the man’s truck and have been investigating to determine if the vehicle and the man were involved in the fatal pedestrian crash. At the time of the WTSP report’s publishing, the man had not been arrested or charged in connection with the accident. No further information has been reported, and the investigation is still ongoing.
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