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Troopers search for pickup truck driver who hit a pedestrian — twice

The Florida Highway Patrol said the pedestrian survived. Now troopers are looking for whoever was driving the red 1990s-era Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.
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Published Feb. 9

MANGO — The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of a red 1990s-era Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up truck accused of twice running over a pedestrian and then driving off Thursday night.

The pedestrian, 46-year-old Herbert Wilson McCullough of Seffner, survived the incident, troopers said. He was seriously injured and taken to Tampa General Hospital for medical treatment.

Troopers on Friday said they are searching for a person of interest in this hit-and-run case: Darryl Watkins, 33. But the Highway Patrol did not say why he is a person of interest or what his role in this case might be.

The incident took place at 7:20 p.m. E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Laura Street.

The Dodge was headed south on Laura Street, just west of Mango Road, when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign while turning right to head west onto MLK Boulevard, according to the Highway Patrol.

The driver struck McCullough as he was walking across the boulevard, a six-lane divided highway with two turn lanes at Laura Street. The pickup stopped and reversed, troopers said, hitting McCullough a second time. Then the Dodge drove off, headed west.

The truck was described as a red 1990s Dodge Ram 1500 with a large horizontal black stripe running along the sides. The vehicle had suffered damage to the passenger side and had no tag light.

Anyone with information about Watkins or this incident is asked to contact the Highway Patrol at (813) 558-1800 or *347. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, they can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477, send an anonymous tip online using www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a tip with a smartphone using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

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