Crime

Hit-and-run driver hospitalizes Manatee County motorcyclist. Troopers want to know who hit him

A 55-year-old Manatee County motorcyclist is in critical condition after being involved in a hit-and-run accident overnight in the 400 block of 53rd Avenue West.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the victim was traveling eastbound on State Road 70 around 7:30 p.m. Friday when the unknown driver, who was traveling west, made a left-hand turn into the path of the motorcyclist.

Troopers say witnesses described the hit-and-run driver as driving a white Chevy van, which now has front-end damage. Troopers say the driver fled the area and turned off of SR 70 heading north on Ninth Street East.

If anyone has information, contact the FHP at 239-938-1800.

The victim’s identity is being withheld at this time.

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
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