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His truck broke down on the highway. He was lost. He was killed in a hit-and-run, authorities say.

A woman is suspected of fleeing the scene of a fatal crash. Authorities say she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Published Jan. 21, 2019

Authorities were already looking for Gary Gogolowski when they responded to a traffic accident on US-301 in Hillsborough County.

They found Gogolowski dead at the scene. But the driver who struck him had fled.

According to Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol, Gogolowski was driving his GMC pickup northbound on US-301 at about 11:30 p.m. when his truck broke down near Ranch Road.

Gogolowski, 73 and of Brooksville, made at least one phone call asking for help because he was lost, said Denise Moloney, a spokeswoman for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. His wife called the Hernando sheriff's office to ask deputies to look for her husband.

Authorities didn't find him until it was too late.

At some point, Gogolowski crossed US-301 on foot. Kelsey Scheg, 24, of Dade City, was driving southbound on the highway in a 2008 Honda.

Gaskins said Scheg, under the influence of drugs and alcohol, struck Gogolowski, killing him. She then fled the scene.

About a half hour after the accident, Zephyrhills Police officers responded to a disturbance at the 38600 block of Alpha Avenue. They found Scheg there and took her into custody under Florida's Baker Act.

Scheg confessed to the hit-and-run, Gaskins said. Charges against her were pending as of Sunday morning.

It was only after Scheg confessed that authorities learned of the crash in Hillsborough County, responded to the scene and found Gogolowski, Gaskins said.

State records show that in 2017, Scheg was convicted of driving under the influence and sentenced to a year of probation stemming from a 2016 incident.

Authorities later found the car Scheg was driving Saturday night about a mile away from where she was taken into custody, Gaskins said.

Two passengers — 22-year-old Ashley Wooten and 19-year-old Kailey Bouquin, both from Zephyrhills — were in the car driven by Scheg at the time of the crash, Gaskins said Monday. The investigation into the accident was open as of Monday night.

This story was updated Sunday with information from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, and Monday with information about the passengers in the car at the time of the crash.

Times senior researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Contact Kirby Wilson at kwilson@tampabay.com or 727-893-8793. Follow @kirbywtweets.

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