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FHP: Two sought for questioning after stolen SUV strikes 14-yearold in Pasco

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HOLIDAY — Two days after a stolen sport utility vehicle struck a 14-year-old bicyclist on a sidewalk and fled, Pasco County mosquito control workers found the car in the woods.

They spotted the gold 1998 Ford Expedition on Wednesday afternoon behind a Hyundai dealership on U.S. Highway 19 in New Port Richey, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Authorities will now process the car for forensic evidence. The FHP is seeking two men — Christopher Michael Try, 20, and Kevin Wilson, 23 — for questioning in connection with the hit-and-run incident.

The Ford was reported stolen by the owner in New Port Richey, the FHP said.

The sport utility vehicle that struck a 14-year-old bicyclist on a sidewalk and fled the scene on Monday afternoon was reported stolen, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP is also now seeking two men — Christopher Michael Try, 20, and Kevin Wilson, 23 — for questioning in connection with the hit-and-run incident.

The vehicle, a gold 1998 Ford Expedition, was reported stolen by the owner in New Port Richey, the FHP said. Troopers have not been able to locate the SUV, which has a Florida tag GYC T99.

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The incident took place around 4 p.m. on Moog Road. In the surveillance video, the Expedition was seen losing control and swerving back and forth. It ran a stop sign, plowed into a yard, struck a vehicle and then plowed into Johnny Walsh, who was riding his bike southbound on the sidewalk.

Walsh was taken to Florida Hospital North Pinellas in Tarpon Springs for treatment of minor injuries, according to the FHP.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the FHP at (813) 631-4020 or (*347), or they can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477, make an anonymous tip at the Crime Stoppers website or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

 
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