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Damaged car may offer clue to fatal Pasco hit-and-run in 2011

NEW PORT RICHEY — Florida Highway Patrol investigators had little to go on after they found Deborah Bobek dead in the middle of the road last summer.

They knew the 49-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car on July 6 as she took her skittish rescue dog for an early morning walk on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey.

But they didn't have a description of the vehicle, which they believe hit Bobek from behind and kept going. The area doesn't have streetlights.

But on Saturday, officials said they may have discovered another clue.

FHP traffic homicide detectives said that while recently reviewing surveillance video of Grand Boulevard south of the crime scene that night, they noticed a Saturn sedan with damage turning away from the where the crash happened.

Officials said the vehicle appears to have been made between 2000 and 2002 and is a medium color — possibly a greenish color.

In the surveillance video, the car's front windshield appeared to be cracked, the hood panel was damaged and the center portion of the front bumper was compressed. The front right wheel cover was missing.

That sort of damage is consistent with what investigators normally see in pedestrian collisions, the FHP said.

They are asking that anyone with information about the vehicle or the case to call FHP Cpl. James Covert at (813) 631-4020.

Kameel Stanley can be reached at kstanley@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8643.

Damaged car may offer clue to fatal Pasco hit-and-run in 2011 04/07/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 7, 2012 1:27pm]
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