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Police search for driver of SUV that hit 3 pedestrians, killing one in Plant City

Posted: 6:23 AM, Dec 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-03 11:23:16Z

Police in Plant City are searching for the driver of an SUV that hit three pedestrians, killing one and left the scene of the crash late Sunday night. 

Miquel A. Hernandez, Jr., 21, of Plant City and two other men from Dover, ages 21 and 20, were walking eastbound on SR 574 after they left Fuego Bar and Grille and were struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on SR 574. The SUV didn't stop and continued eastbound on SR 574, according to police. 

Hernandez died at the scene and the other two men sustained non-life threatening injuries and were sent to a local hospital for treatment. 

It is unknown if the men were walking on the roadway shoulder or on the sidewalk at the time of the incident. 

Police say the suspected vehicle is possibly a GM SUV in the 2007 to 2014 model year range. The vehicle may be a Cadillac Escalade SUV, Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon. The color of the vehicle is pearl white metallic. Police say the damaged areas of the vehicle include the headlights amber colored turn signal lenses and rear view mirrors. 

The Plant City Police Department is asking for community assistance by providing any information that would assist in identifying any suspicious vehicles that match the provided description. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Plant City Police Department at 813-757-9200.

Criminal charges are pending.

This is still an active investigation. The Plant City Police Department will release additional information as it becomes available.

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