Man killed in Interstate 75 hit-and-run crash, troopers looking for driver

A hit-and-run crash on Interstate 75 South in Sarasota County left one person dead and troopers are looking for the driver of a pickup truck, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident happened around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday south of Clarke Road near mile marker 202.

A Ford truck was driving south in the center lane of I-75 with a 2013 Honda CRV directly in front of it.

Parked on the right side of the interstate was a 2010 Toyota Rav4 with Jorge Quezada, 75, of Port Charlotte, standing outside the vehicle, on the passenger side.

Troopers said the driver of the Ford truck failed to slow as they approached the CRV and struck the rear of the vehicle. The driver of the CRV, a 47-year-old Venice woman, was not injured.

The truck then went off the road to the right toward the Rav4 and collided with the left side of the parked vehicle and Quezada simultaneously.

Quezada was killed. A 50-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Rav4 when the crash occurred was not injured, FHP reported.

The driver of the truck continued driving on the shoulder, colliding with a power box that operated a DOT warning board, and took off, according to FHP.

Troopers continue to investigate the crash and are looking for information on the truck and its driver.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Florida Highway Patrol at 239-938-1800.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office assisted Florida Highway Patrol in diverting traffic from the interstate while troopers investigated the crash, according to a press release.

Ryan Ballogg covers arts, entertainment, dining, breaking and local news for the Bradenton Herald. He won first place for feature writing in the Florida Press Club’s 2018 Excellence in Journalism Competition. Ryan is a Florida native and graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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