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Troopers search for driver who hit Armwood High student biking to school

The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver, described as woman in her 30s to 40s who was wearing a pink sweater and driving a black Toyota sedan.
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Published Feb. 24, 2020
Updated Feb. 24, 2020

SEFFNER — The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for a driver who struck a student riding their bike to Armwood High School on Monday morning.

The incident took place at about 9:10 a.m. at the intersection of Peach Avenue and E Hillsborough Avenue.

Juliano Thomas, 15, was riding his bike north on Peach Avenue, using a crosswalk to ride across E Hillsborough Avenue toward the school, according to the Highway Patrol.

Then a Toyota heading south on E Hillsborough Avenue struck the student, troopers said.

The car was driven by a woman who appeared to be 30 to 40 years of age, wearing a pink sweater. She stopped, briefly spoke to the student, then got back in her car and drove away.

Thomas suffered minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital for medical treatment. He was not wearing a bike helmet.

The Highway Patrol asks that anyone with information about this incident or this driver to call (813) 558-1800. They can also call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at (800) 873–8477, send an anonymous tip online to or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips app.