FORT MYERS, Florida — Authorities identified the man killed in a pedestrian accident in Fort Myers. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Palm Beach Boulevard near the intersection of Fairfax Road in Tice, Florida according to a report filed by the Fort Myers News-Press. One of the vehicles in the deadly collision took off from the scene. Florida Highway Patrol investigators have yet been able to identify the driver who fled from the crash site and remains at large. Investigators continue to pursue clues in the case.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are still unraveling what happened and why the 50-year-old Fort Myers man died in the roadway of Palm Beach Boulevard. Troopers believe the man was lying in the road when the first car, reportedly a silver sedan, struck him. The first strike was in the westbound lanes of Palm Beach Boulevard, between the right travel lane and the right turn lane. The driver of that car drove away, and police have not successfully identified the operator. A second car hit the man as well. However, that person turned around and came back to the scene without delay. The individual later spoke with investigators.
Officers suspect that at least one if not two additional cars struck the man in the road. Officers did not say why they suspect that might be the case. However, they did say that none of those drivers returned to the scene of the crash.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers consider this incident to be a traffic homicide investigation. Troopers reported that leaving the scene of a fatal crash is a felony in Florida. Troopers have requested members of the public to come forward with information regarding the identity of the driver of the first car. Troopers said that names of the callers to the tip line will not be released and that callers who provide information could receive up to $3,000.00 in reward money.
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