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Truck and Driver Suspected in Fatal Florida Turnpike Hit-and-Run Picked up in Orlando

FB_Crash_Map_t607.jpg Authorities announced today that they believe they have found the tractor trailer and the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred on Monday night. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky said that the truck–a Peterbilt cab pulling a flatbed–was found sometime Tuesday morning in the Orlando area. Wysocky would not release the name of the company that owns the truck or the name of the driver. FHP investigators have contacted the company, which is cooperating with investigations. An investigator will likely travel to speak with the driver involved in the crash.

The tractor trailer was traveling on Florida’s Turnpike near Fort Pierce Monday evening when two people were changing a tire by the side of the road. According to Florida Highway Patrol Officials, the tractor trailer struck the two people and kept going. The cause of the crash is still not clear.

According to investigators, the accident occurred around 8 p.m. at mile marker 166 in the northbound lanes, which is fourteen miles north of the State Route 70 exit in Fort Pierce. The man and woman were properly pulled off to the road’s shoulder when the truck veered off the highway and hit them, killing them both at the scene. The man who was killed was twenty-four-year-old Lakeland resident Vincent T. Matthews and the woman killed was nineteen-year-old Davenport resident Mariah King.

FHP: Tractor trailer, driver suspected in fatal turnpike hit-and-run found in Orlando area, www.palmbeachpost.com October 8, 2013


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