Hit-and-run driver runs from FHP, fiery motor home crash on I-75

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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The burned motor home left behind by a hit-and-run driver after a chase on Alligator Alley, Sunday, March 19, 2023. Credit: Florida Highway Patrol

A hit-and-run driver ran from a burning motor home after leading troopers and deputies on a Sunday night chase down I-75 in Collier County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, troopers received reports of a hit-and-run at mile marker 94 on southbound Alligator Alley around 10:15 p.m. A short time later, they found the hit-and-run vehicle, a full-size motor home with a possibly impaired driver, going by mile marker 89.

Troopers attempted to pull over the motor home, which failed to stop. Troopers deployed stop sticks at multiple locations along Alligator Alley as it continued, puncturing all tires. The driver refused to stop and continued traveling on only tire rims.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office performed a successful precision immobilization technique (PIT Maneuver) at mile marker 32.6, which sent the motor home veering off the roadway. It collided with a fence and stopped on the south side grass shoulder.

Once stopped, the driver stayed inside the motorhome until it became engulfed in flames. Then the driver got out and ran into the Everglades. They remain at large.

The on-scene fire department quickly extinguished the burning motorhome. No one else was inside.

The incident remains under investigation.

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