Teenage Girl Tragically Killed in Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Crash on C.R. 346 in Alachua County, Florida
ALACHUA COUNTY, FL. – According to a news report posted online at gainesville.com, a teenage girl was tragically killed in a hit-and-run pedestrian crash that happened on County Road 346 in Alachua County, Florida. Florida Highway Patrol is investigating, and Troopers are searching for the driver who fled the scene.*
The accident happened in the late evening, near Southeast 58th Terrace on County Road 346. Florida Highway Patrol and The Gainesville Sun report that around 9 p.m., three teenagers were walking against traffic in the westbound lane of the roadway. They were reportedly walking to one of the teen’s homes at the time. Troopers say that a vehicle was traveling the wrong direction on the road and approached the teens.
The vehicle was reportedly headed east inside the westbound lane and ended up running into the teenagers on the driver’s side. Witnesses, including one of the teens and his mother, who was driving to pick up the three, say that the driver stopped and got out of the vehicle, then fled the scene before authorities arrived.
The Gainesville Sun reports that one of the teens tragically died from her injuries. She was identified as a fourteen-year-old girl from Micanopy, Florida. Another of the teens was injured in the crash, according to The Gainesville Sun, and taken to UF Shands Health Hospital. She was identified as a fourteen-year-old girl from Hawthorne, Florida. She is said to be in critical condition. The third teen, a thirteen-year-old boy from Micanopy, was not injured, according to the report.
Troopers are looking for the hit-and-run vehicle, which they say is possibly a gray, older model Ford pickup truck or Ford Bronco. The vehicle is missing its driver’s side mirror. Any information about the vehicle or the driver should be called into Florida Highway Patrol.
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