Florida Highway Patrol troopers say they have located a vehicle they believe was involved in a hit-and-run that killed a 56-year-old Plant City man as he worked on a disabled vehicle on U.S. 92 in Dover on Monday.
The man was in the westbound lane of U.S. 92, east of Meadow Oaks Drive, when the driver of what was described as a silver or tan Mercury Grand Marquis went onto the shoulder of the road and tried to pass the man’s vehicle about 7:50 p.m., the Highway Patrol said in a news release Wednesday. The sedan hit the man, who died at the scene.
The Highway Patrol did not release the man’s name because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, an amendment to the state Constitution.
The driver of the Mercury, believed to be from a model year between 1999 and 2002, left the scene after striking the man.
Troopers said Wednesday they believe a 2000 Mercury found at 7026 Cripple Creek Road in Plant City is that same car.
A 79-year-old woman from Plant City has been identified as a person of interest in the crash, which remains under investigation, the Highway Patrol said.
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