Pasco woman in wheelchair, husband and baby struck in hit-and-run

Published May 15 2018
Updated May 15 2018

NEW PORT RICHEY— Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for the hit-and-run driver who struck three pedestrians Friday night, including a wheelchair-bound woman and her 9-month-old baby.

Friday around 10 p.m., an unidentified man was driving what FHP described as a gold Lincoln Navigator west on Bonita Road, near Holiday Drive, in Holiday as Philip Martinez, 45, was pushing his wife, 25-year-old Katharina Martinez on the north shoulder of the road while she held their baby.

The driver didn’t see the family and struck them, troopers said. The driver fled and the infant was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa with minor injuries. The parents weren’t injured.

Witnesses followed the vehicle to a Holiday residence and provided the Florida license plate number "FC86V" but troopers reported the vehicle missing.

Early Tuesday morning, troopers found the SUV abandoned in the parking lot of George’s Breakfast Station restaurant, 600 S Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs.

Troopers are still searching for information on the driver, believed to be around 55-60 years old. Anyone with information is asked to call *FHP or Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.

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