Saturday, December 16, 2017
Public safety

Elderly pedestrian killed by hit-and-run pickup near Dover

DOVER — An elderly pedestrian was killed Monday afternoon in eastern Hillsborough County by the driver of a pickup who left the scene without stopping, deputies said.

Santiago Sanchez-Lopez, 80, of 2207 Sydney Dover Road, Dover, was crossing that road around 2:30 p.m. Monday when he was struck by what is believed to be an older model Ford Ranger pickup traveling southbound near Sydney Road. Deputies are seeking help in locating the driver.

Sanchez-Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say he was struck in the center of the roadway by the pickup, which is estimated to have been traveling at 50 mph.

The Sheriff's Office says the driver of the pickup is believed to be a white man, age 25 to 28, with light brown or blond shoulder length hair and a mustache. He was wearing gold or yellow reflective glasses at the time of the collision.

Investigators say they believe the pickup was a 1982 to 1985 model and two-toned in color, with the fender coffee-colored brown and the rest light brown. It has tinted windows and will have damage to the front passenger side and a red and brown patch on the driver's side of the vehicle.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at (813)247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

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