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LaBELLE | Suspected vehicle located in deadly hit-and-run

FHP says crash killed a 15-year-old boy near LaBelle.
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Posted at 9:14 AM, Sep 15, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-16 18:14:34-04

Update (9/16/2023 6:02 p.m.): Florida Highway Patrol has located the vehicle suspected in a hit-and-run that killed a 15-year-old boy Thursday night.

The vehicle, a white Toyta SUV, has been impounded.

Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or has any information on the crash is asked to contact FHP or Crime Stoppers.

Original reporting: Friends, loved ones and neighbors are coming out to leave flowers and candles, all for a teenager riding his bicycle who died Thursday night in a hit-and-run as investigators are still looking for a driver.

Florida Highway Patrol says the boy, 15, was riding on Case Road at the time of the crash, after 7:30 p.m.

Troopers say the driver who hit him kept going in this neighborhood, just south of LaBelle. They say the person may have been driving a white SUV.

FOX 4 spoke with neighbors, who warned of their concerns about drivers speeding on this street.

"People drive down this road at, sometimes, 70 miles per hour, sometimes 100 miles an hour," said Fidel Sanchez, who said he has lived here for 25 years.

"These people are out here running like this is a speedway. I don't understand that," said Sanchez. "(The speed limit is) 35 miles an hour."

As investigators work through this deadly hit-and-run crash, the data from Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows how common these are, with 266 recorded hit-and-run deaths in 2022.

"This has to be stopped," said Fe Alvarez. "Look at that, somebody died, a little boy, a 15-year-old teenager with his whole life ahead of him.

"It's sad."

Troopers say anyone with information about the crash or the hit and run driver should call Florida Highway Patrol at 239-344-1700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.