Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

14-year-old in hospital after hit and run in Largo; driver remains at large

LARGO — A 14-year-old boy was critically injured late Thursday night when a hit-and-run driver struck him at a crosswalk.

Police are asking for the public to help them find the driver of the pickup that hit the boy.

The crash occurred just before 10 p.m. at Ulmerton Road and Seminole Boulevard, Largo police said.

The teen, who was wearing dark clothing, was riding his bicycle, which had no lights or reflectors, to a nearby McDonald's when he crossed a crosswalk during a green light.

Police said the pickup crashed into him and sped off.

The vehicle involved was described by at least six witnesses as an older-model, full-size pickup with a roll bar, yellow lights on its roof and a loud exhaust. The truck is a dark color and likely has damage to the driver's side front end, police said.

Police did not disclose the boy's name or where he was hospitalized, but did say he remained in critical condition Friday afternoon.

Sgt. George Edmiston said investigators were looking at video surveillance at nearby businesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Largo Police Department at (727) 587-6730.

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