LARGO — Robert A. Williams went to buy a few apple pies at a neighborhood Checkers on Thursday night, but on his way home he was struck down by a vehicle.
The incident took place at 9:53 p.m., as Williams crossed Walsingham Road just west of Indian Rocks Road. Largo police are looking for a dark-colored sports utility vehicle or pickup, possibly with silver trim, that fled after hitting Williams.
Williams, a 48-year-old disabled Army veteran, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Despite several medical ailments, Williams was strong, his father said. He lived in Seminole with his parents, Johnny and Mary Kay Williams.
Williams was born in Columbus, Ohio, and went to high school in Michigan. In the 1970s, he served two years in the Army, stationed in Germany. The family moved to Florida 13 years ago.
"He was quiet and stuck to himself most of the time," Johnny Williams said of his son. "He liked to cook. He liked to help people."
Recently, he had been doing odd jobs to help a woman just released from the hospital, his father said.
"He was strong, however, after a few hours doing things he had to rest … but he was quite strong," Johnny Williams said.
Williams is survived by his father, his mother, and two brothers.