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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Teen girl seriously injured in hit-and-run crash on State Road 40 while walking dog

The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver who was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Marion County that seriously injured a 15-year-old girl earlier this month.

On Monday, September 11, at around 10:05 p.m., the teen was walking her dog on the southbound paved shoulder of State Road 40, less than a mile to the west of SW 185th Avenue Road, when a vehicle traveled onto the shoulder, according to the Florida Highway Patrol incident report.

FHP stated that the right side of the vehicle struck the teen, and the vehicle briefly stopped on the shoulder of State Road 40. Moments later, the driver of the vehicle left the scene of the accident without providing any information or medical aid.

The teen was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in serious condition.

According to FHP, the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run is believed to be a 2018-2024 GMC Terrain with a missing right-side mirror and possible damage to its right side. The color of the vehicle is believed to be “dark.”

Anyone with information about the driver or vehicle involved in this hit-and-run crash is urged to call the FHP Communications Center at 1-800-387-1290 or any local Crime Stoppers.