Saturday, February 17, 2018
Public safety

FHP seeks hit-and-run driver seen on video striking a bicyclist, 14, in Pasco

HOLIDAY — The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking help in locating a hit-and-run driver seen on video swerving after losing control while running a stop sign and striking a 14-year-old riding a bicycle on a sidewalk on Monday afternoon.

The crash occurred just before 4 p.m. on Moog Road.

The video shows the driver of a gold 1998 Ford Expedition SUV running a stop sign on eastbound Windham Drive and beginning to lose control after turning left onto Moog Road.

The driver traveled onto the shoulder before over-correcting, crossing across the road and striking a mailbox and 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck parked at 3922 Moog Road before plowing into Johnny A. Walsh, who was riding south on the sidewalk.

The video shows Walsh stopping and attempting to get off the bicycle as he saw the Expedition fast approaching.

He was struck on his left side and propelled onto the roadway as the Expedition drove onto the opposite side of the road, struck another mailbox, and then drove away, the FHP said.

Walsh was transported to Florida Hospital North Pinellas for treatment of minor injuries, according to the FHP.

Debris from the crash injured another bicyclist, 12-year-old Jonathan T. Soto, who was treated at the scene, the FHP said.

The FHP is searching for the driver, who has light brown or blond hair and is 20-30 years old, and the vehicle, which has a Florida tag GYC T99.

The FHP is asking anyone with information to call *347 or (813) 631-4020, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

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