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Driver sought in hit-and-run

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By The Staff

A driver who hit a man who had been ejected from his vehicle onto U.S. Highway 19 just south of Northwest 147th Place after another accident on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 2:50 a.m. is being sought by the Florida Highway Patrol and the public is being asked to help.

An FHP report by Trooper M.A. Kennard said a witness described the vehicle as a white car, possibly a Ford Taurus.

Anyone with information on the accident is encouraged to contact Trooper Daphne Yuncker ay 352-732-1260 ext. 235 or the FHP Troop Watch Supervisor at 800-395-8248.

Joseph Strong, 36, of Chiefland, was transported with critical injuries to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

Strong was southbound on US 19 in a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado when it drifted onto the grass shoulder, started rotating, traveled back across the highway and onto the grass grass median where it overturned. During this, Strong was ejected and landed on the center of the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 where he was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop.

Strong was not wearing a seat belt and a blood alcohol test was done.

 


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