FHP requests help finding suspect in Palmetto fatality

rdymond@bradenton.comJanuary 22, 2014 

MANATEE -- The Florida Highway Patrol reached out Tuesday to local auto body, parts and repair shops, as well as the public for help in finding the person who killed Daniel Mimbs.

Mimbs, 26, was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was riding a bicycle eastbound on the south shoulder of U.S. 301 near 19th Avenue East in Palmetto early Monday.

"We are actively looking for the driver who hit Mr. Mimbs and the vehicle," Lt. Greg Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol said Tuesday. "We need the public's help. We are hoping someone out there saw something or heard something and will let us know. They can remain anonymous."

The hit-and-run driver did not stop to render aid nor report the accident, according to a FHP news release.

Mimbs died a short time after the accident from his injuries,.

Based on parts found at the scene, the FHP believes the hit-and-run vehicle could be a

1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck or a 1996 to 2002 Ford Expedition, possibly silver or another color with silver trim, according to the release.

"Vehicle parts found at the scene are from the right-front headlight assembly of the vehicle," the release stated.

Body, parts or repair shop employees should be on the lookout for someone needing parts for the right front, right side or windshield of a Ford pickup or Expedition, Bueno said.

Anyone with information can call FHP Traffic Homicide Investigator Cpl. D. Carroll at 941-751-8366 or crash investigator Trooper J. Donnelly at 941-751-8350.

Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter @ RichardDymond.

Bradenton Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service