Hit-and-run driver sought after striking 3-year-old lying in Ocala roadway

The search is on for a woman who fled the scene early Friday morning after striking a toddler who was lying in an Ocala roadway.

The woman, who was believed to be driving a gold Chevrolet Malibu, is accusing of hitting 3-year-old Jase Nichols at about 1:45 a.m. He was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital and was listed in serious condition with multiple injuries late Friday afternoon, a Florida Highway Patrol report states.

A witness had stopped to check on the child, who was lying in the northbound lane of NE Jacksonville Road. A short time later, the woman hit the child and failed to stop. The witness was able to get out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, the report says.
The woman is believed to be in her thirties. She has dirty blonde hair and was wearing glasses, the report says.

Anyone with information about the incident or the woman involved is asked to call the FHP at 1-800-387-1290 or Crime Stoppers of Marion County at (352) 369-6880.