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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

FHP: Hit-and-run crash in Ocala leaves pedestrian in critical condition

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run crash in Ocala that critically injured a pedestrian on Saturday night.

At around 9:05 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, a 60-year-old man from Ocala was traveling westbound on County Road 464, just east of Spring Lake Road, when the right front of his sedan struck a pedestrian who was walking southbound on County Road 464, according to the Florida Highway Patrol incident report.

After the initial impact, FHP stated that the pedestrian came to a final rest in the inside lane of County Road 464, and the sedan partially traveled onto the south shoulder of the roadway before coming to a stop.

The pedestrian was then struck by a second vehicle that was heading westbound on County Road 464 in the inside line. The driver of the second vehicle continued traveling westbound without stopping, according to FHP.

In the report, FHP described the pedestrian as a black male in his late teens or early 20s with short black hair. He is 5’11” or taller, and he was wearing dark clothing at the time of the crash.

The pedestrian’s injuries were listed as “critical” in the report. The driver and sole occupant of the sedan was not injured.

According to FHP, the second vehicle that fled the scene of the crash may be a “dark colored vehicle,” though the make and model is currently unknown.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol Regional Communications Center at 1-800-387-1290.