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Driver, victim in hit-and-run still unidentified

BRADENTON -- Police perused images from security cameras mounted near where a pedestrian was killed Saturday in an effort to find the driver who sped away in the hit-and-run case.

Late Sunday, investigators were still hunting for the driver, and the victim remained unidentified, according to Lt. Conner Cardwell, of the Florida Highway Patrol.

The incident occurred at about 2:42 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 15th Street E. and 57th Avenue E., according to an FHP report.

The driver of what police think was a Chevy Astro van hit the pedestrian from behind, and sped away northbound on 15th Street E., the report said.

By Sunday, FHP investigators had viewed images from security cameras at the nearby Super Stop convenience store, according to Syed Kabir, owner of the store at 5627 15th St. E.

The security cameras were aimed at the area where the gas pumps are located, he said.

One of the black-and-white cameras caught half of the vehicle involved in the crash, he said.

The area is dangerous for pedestrians because it lacks sidewalks and is poorly-lit, Kabir said. There are many poor or homeless people who walk the shoulders of the road, he added.

A van involved in such a case would show damage to its front end, the FHP report noted.

Both the vehicle and the pedestrian were northbound at the intersection, it said.

If anyone has information about the case, contact FHP homicide investigator, Cpl. Darrell Carroll, 941-751-8366.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031.

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