Fatal Hit-And-Run Pedestrian Crash at State Road 70 and Caruso Road in Bradenton

BRADENTON - Florida Highway Patrol announced a fatal accident occurred at the intersection of State Road 70 and 60th Street East (Caruso Road) in Manatee County, Florida, on the evening of March 22, 2024, at around 9:00 PM, resulting in a fatal injury to a 28-year-old man from Sarasota. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has issued a report detailing the events leading to the pedestrian's death and is currently seeking information from the public.

According to the FHP, a red sedan, details of the driver unknown, was traveling east on State Road 70 in the inside (left) lane as it approached the intersection with 60th Street East. At the same time, a 28-year-old male pedestrian, identified only as a bicyclist, was attempting to cross the eastbound lane of State Road 70 within the designated pedestrian crosswalk, moving from the south shoulder of the road.

The report states that the front left of the sedan collided with the pedestrian, causing him to be separated from his bicycle and come to rest on the median strip of the road. In the aftermath of the collision, the driver of the sedan did not stop to render aid or provide information and instead fled the scene.

Emergency services were promptly called to the scene, and the pedestrian was transported to Blake Hospital with serious injuries. Despite medical efforts, he was pronounced deceased on March 23, 2024.

The Florida Highway Patrol is actively seeking assistance in locating the driver responsible for this hit-and-run accident. Members of the public with any information related to the crash are encouraged to contact the FHP or Crime Stoppers. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

The loss of a life in such circumstances is a sobering reminder of the importance of pedestrian safety and the legal obligations of drivers to stop and provide assistance in the event of an accident. The community is urged to come forward with any information that may help bring closure to the victim's family and hold the responsible party accountable.

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