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FHP searches for drivers in several hit and run crashes

Posted at 7:56 AM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 08:20:07-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol and Lee County Sheriff’s Office are looking for drivers they said got away in several hit and run accidents within a matter of weeks.

State troopers said one man was killed after he got run over by two separate cars on Palm Beach Boulevard near Fairfax Drive around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

They said the second driver cooperated with troopers during the investigation, but the driver who initially ran over the victim drove away before FHP arrived. They said the first driver was driving a silver passenger car. Troopers also say as many as two other vehicles may have struck the victim.

Lee County Sheriff’s deputies said they’re also looking for the driver they said is responsible for the hit and run on Pine Island Road and North Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers that happened on Monday night. Deputies said an older gray or silver sedan was stopped in the sothbound lanes of the intersection when a motorcyclist on Pine Island Road crashed into the car, causing serious leg injuries.

Deputies say the driver of the car will be found at fault for the crash if located.

And troopers said they’re still working to solve the deadly hit and run that happened in North Fort Myers last month. According to an FHP report 37-year-old Patrick Santiago was walking along Beau Drive just south of Hancock Bridge Parkway early in the morning on February 24th, when a vehicle veered off the road and ran him over.

FHP reminds people that leaving the scene of a crash is crime and it’s a felony to leave a crash involving a death. They also urge anyone with information regarding the crashes to call FHP at 239-938-1800 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

Other recent hit and runs:

March 6th: Female pedestrian seriously injured on Commerce Lakes Drive in Fort Myers

February 15th: One driver flees after collision that flipped a Jeep on Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers