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Hillsborough deputies seek hit-and-run pickup driver in death of teen walking home

Mostafa Mohammed Abdalla, 19, was killed by a hit-and-run driver sometime between 4 p.m. Sunday and 2:40 a.m. Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He was struck by a pickup truck while walking on Orient Road toward Hanna Avenue, deputies said.

Deputies are looking for a 1998 to 2002 metallic-green Dodge, based on a passenger-side mirror that apparently broke off at the scene. The pickup will likely have a damaged right headlight and bug deflector, deputies said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.

The day he died, Abdalla had played basketball with friends and was walking from his family's mosque to their home at 7123 Kingsbury Court, said his 18-year-old sister, Mariam Abdalla.

They still struggle with knowing her brother will never walk through the front door again.

"He was my best friend, my right hand, my shoulder and his shoulder to cry on. I know he was lying on the street fighting for his life."

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