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Police hoping to catch hit-and-run driver in fatal Florida crash

Drivers involved in car accidents need to stop after they occur to assist those who might be injured and to survey damage. Running away puts lives at risk and often leads to charges.

A hit-and-run crash in central Florida over the weekend left a man dead and his wife severely injured. Now police are trying to piece together who may have caused the car accident.

The crash happened just before 9 p.m. on Monday night. The couple was in a Mercury four-door that was headed south on Northwest 27th Avenue near Northwest 42nd Street. Another driver apparently ran a stop sign on westbound 42nd Street while turning right onto 27thAvenue, and collided with the Mercury. The driver then sped away from the scene.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 68-year-old man, who was from Ocala, was killed, while his 60-year-old wife sustained serious injuries. She was transported to Munroe Regional Medical Center following the accident, although her condition was not immediately reported. It’s not clear at this point which one of them was driving.

Police believe the other driver may have been speeding. Based on evidence found at the scene, photos of which are posted to Ocala.com, along with a picture of the totaled Mercury, police think the other vehicle was a metallic red or maroon V8 Magnum.

The vehicle likely sports visible damage, possibly a broken headlight and turn signal. It may also be leaking fuel and appear to be raised, according to police. They are hoping to locate the motorist with the public’s help.

Source: Ocala.com, “FHP seeks hit-and-run driver who fled fatal crash,” Austin L. Miller, Feb. 20, 2012

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