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Two drivers in Fowler Avenue hit and run identified

TAMPA — Two of the three drivers who fled the scene of a traffic fatality on Fowler Avenue early Saturday have been located and identified, the Florida Highway Patrol said Sunday.

Amari A. Williams, 30, of Thonotosassa, was driving a 1985 Chevrolet Camaro west on Fowler, east of Interstate 75, at 3:15 a.m. when he lost control and collided with a sport utility vehicle, troopers said. The impact caused the Camaro to overturn, and Williams was ejected onto the road, troopers said.

The SUV left the scene.

Two passersby, Jason Coffy, 42 of Tampa and Bennie Williams, 52, of Jacksonville stopped to help Williams when two more vehicles traveling westbound struck him, troopers said. Both of those vehicles also fled the scene.

Williams died at the scene from his injuries.

Witnesses described the first vehicle as a white SUV — and hours after the crash, an abandoned 1997 GMC truck was found off of Fletcher Avenue. Troopers say it was the first vehicle struck by the Camaro.

The FHP said Michael P. Mercer, 41 of Wesley Chapel was located early Sunday and identified as the driver of the SUV.

William S. Ridley, 47, Tampa, driver of one of the cars that hit Williams, subsequently contacted FHP, troopers say.

FHP has not said if it plans to file charges.

The search continues for the third vehicle that struck Williams. Any witnesses are asked to contact the FHP at (813) 631-4020 or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477.

Two drivers in Fowler Avenue hit and run identified 04/13/14 [Last modified: Sunday, April 13, 2014 1:05pm]
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