FHP looking for hit-and-run driver in death of pedestrian north of Palmetto

December 11, 2012 

MANATEE -- Two pedestrians have been killed in hit-and-run accidents in Manatee County this week, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The first incident happened about 12:10 a.m. Monday when a pedestrian walking westbound on 51st Avenue East, near Jackmar Drive and west of U.S. 301, was struck by a vehicle traveling west. Detectives are unsure what caused the collision, according to FHP.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene without leaving information.

The victim, found in a nearby ditch, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither the victim’s gender nor age has been released in the case.

About 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, a 52-year-old man was killed after being struck by two vehicles while walking along U.S. 41 near 89th Street East, north of Palmetto.

The man was initially struck by a northbound vehicle that fled the scene, FHP reports. A second driver, who did not see the victim lying in the road, also struck the pedestrian and stopped at the scene.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Charges are pending in both cases. Suspect vehicle descriptions are not available.

The victims' identities are being withheld until next-of-kin are notified.

“We’re working on that right now,” said Lt. Chris Miller. “We don’t have any additional information. They are ongoing investigations.”

Manatee County had a spike in non-motorist traffic fatalities in October when five people were killed. Three of those incidents involved drivers who fled the scenes. No arrests have been made in those open investigations.

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