New Port Richey, FL (December 27, 2020) - A 22-year-old pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash that took place on Christmas Day in New Port Richey, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident took place around 10:00 p.m. on U.S. 19 near Manor Drive.
Troopers say that a vehicle was traveling southbound on U.S. 19 in the outside lane while the pedestrian was walking in the northbound lanes. The vehicle entered a northbound turn lane and struck the unidentified pedestrian. The pedestrian suffered critical injuries and was killed in the crash. The driver then fled the scene before police could arrive. Authorities are still searching for the suspect and are looking for a white Audi A6 SUV. The vehicle is believed to have left-end damage from the crash.
Anyone with information should contact the FHP at 813-558-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-573-TIPS.
Hit-and-run accidents are very common in Florida. In a recent year, there were about 105,000 hit-and-run crashes reported in our state. Overall, hit-and-run collisions make up about 20% of all reported Florida car accidents. A hit-and-run accident can present a complicated scenario for investigators and can present a complex legal picture for crash victims. In many cases, the driver who caused the accident was negligent in some way. Police must carefully investigate the crash to determine the cause and attempt to locate a suspect.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family who lost their loved one in this tragic hit-and-run crash in New Port Richey.
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