Possible description for vehicle in deadly DeSoto County hit-and-run crash

Writer: Paul Dolan
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A man was killed in a Christmas morning hit-and-run crash on Southeast Hillsborough Avenue in DeSoto County, and authorities have released a possible description of the suspect’s vehicle.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, an unknown vehicle was traveling north on Southeast Hillsborough Avenue just before 3 a.m. The victim was in the northbound lane of Southeast Hillsborough Avenue when the vehicle struck him.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. FHP has not made a positive identification of him yet.

The vehicle fled the scene after crashing into the victim.

FHP says the suspect vehicle may be a maroon 2002 to 2005 Ford Explorer, possibly XLT Line or Eddie Bauer Edition, with right front damage.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact *FHP (*347) or call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

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