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FIRST ON FOX 4: Tip leads to discovery of SUV wanted in Cape Coral hit-and-run crash

Cape Coral Police say they are still looking for the driver
Cape hit and run SUV found
Posted at 1:38 PM, May 30, 2024

CAPE CORAL, Fla — Cape Coral Police say they have found the SUV they had been looking for, since a hit and run crash on Pine Island Rd Sunday. But they have not found the person who was driving it.

Only Fox 4 was there when officers took it away from a lot on SW 11th Court early Thursday afternoon.

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Police say the vehicle was involved in a hit and run crash Sunday evening. The crash caused a Jeep to rollover and at least one person inside had major injuries.

Pine Island Crash

Fox 4 Cape Coral Community Correspondent, Colton Chavez, got a tip from someone who was working in the area. He remembered seeing the older model Lexus in news coverage and matched the license plate numbers. He says he also called police.

A neighbor who lives next to the site where the vehicle was found told Colton she saw the car after taking her dog outside to use the bathroom.

“At about midnight, we had come out so he could do his last doodie and then we went in and there was no car there and then this morning at 7 am I took him out for a walk and it showed up,” said one neighbor.

Wanted van in Cape Coral hit and run
Picture Cape Coral Police sent out about vehicle involved in hit and run crash

Public Affairs Officer Mercedes Simonds told Colton they were unsure when the vehicle was dropped off.

Simonds said the best thing for the driver to do is turn themselves in.

“Whoever was driving the car, we have your car now just come into the police station and talk to us we will figure it out no one died in this accident it's just best to come forward,” said Simonds.

Cape hit and run SUV found
Cape Coral Police find an SUV they had been looking for since a hit and run crash on Pine Island Rd from Sunday