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Search on for driver who struck boy, 14

MANATEE — The Florida Highway Patrol continues to look for a driver who fled the scene after hitting a teenage boy crossing U.S. 301 on foot Monday afternoon.

Emergency personnel took the 14-year-old boy to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, in serious condition after the vehicle struck him at about 4 p.m., at State Road 70 and U.S. 301, according a FHP report.

Witnesses said the boy walked into the center median of U.S. 301, before running into the northbound lanes of U.S. 301 in front of a car.

The car, which has been described as an older model full-size 4-door Oldsmobile or Buick, hit the boy sending him into the air. The driver then sped off, running a red light north on U.S. 301, the FHP report said.

Witnesses said the car was brown or tan in color, with a right front fender replaced with a black used part. The car may have noticeable damage to the front from hitting the boy, the FHP report said.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run can call FHP Sgt. William Pascoe or Cpl. Dave McInturff at (941) 751-7647.