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Florida road ranger seriously injured by hit-and-run driver in Pasco

Troopers said the driver went into a closed lane and hit the road ranger, then sped away from the scene. A reward is being offered for information that helps identify a suspect.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a driver who left the scene after hitting and seriously injuring a road ranger.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a driver who left the scene after hitting and seriously injuring a road ranger.
Published Jan. 12
Updated Jan. 13

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a driver who left the scene after hitting and seriously injuring a road ranger who was assisting with a traffic crash investigation early Wednesday morning in Pasco County.

The incident occurred just after midnight on southbound Interstate 75 north of Overpass Road. Troopers said the road ranger, a 38-year-old man from Tampa, was walking along the inside part of the road, part of which was closed with traffic cones and flares, when he was hit by a driver who had gone into the closed center lane. The driver then left the scene.

Troopers said the car is a silver or light gray Toyota Camry or Corolla that has “F90″ on its license plate.

Anyone with information about the incident or the possible identity of the suspect can contact the Highway Patrol by calling 813-558-1800 or, to be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS, report a tip anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile app.

No other details were released.