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FHP identifies Guatemalan killed in Holiday hit-and-run

HOLIDAY — Authorities have identified the victim in a fatal hit-and-run wreck on Sunday as Fredman Tomas-Garcia, a 23-year-old man from Guatemala.

Meanwhile, the Florida Highway Patrol was still unable to find the driver of the Jeep Wrangler who ran a red light and hit a motorcycle, ejecting Tomas-Garcia and the motorcycle driver from their vehicles.

Tomas-Garcia was a passenger in the Jeep. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

The crash happened at 12:47 a.m. at U.S. 19 and Flora Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A 1990 Jeep Wrangler was stopped facing west on Flora, east of U.S. 19, but then ran the red light anyway, FHP said. A 2009 Yamaha motorcycle heading north on U.S. 19 struck the Wrangler.

Tomas-Garcia was then hit by a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta that had been heading south on U.S. 19.

The driver of the Wrangler ran away and has not been located, the patrol said.

The driver of the motorcycle, Albert C. Herman, 36, of Holiday, suffered serious injuries, according to the patrol.

The two people in the Jetta were not injured.

The patrol is asking anyone with information on the location or identity of the driver of the Wrangler to call (813) 631-4020.

FHP identifies Guatemalan killed in Holiday hit-and-run 10/19/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 9:04pm]
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