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77-year-old Army veteran in motorized scooter hit, killed by minivan in hit-and-run crash

Posted at 2:25 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 10:12:52-04

HOLIDAY, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash in Pasco County.

Troopers tell us they located a 90-year-old man who is a person of interest along with the minivan they believe was involved in the fatal hit and run. The person of interest lives five blocks away from where 77-year-old Larry Small was hit and killed.

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The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a call of a crash involving a pedestrian on a motorized wheelchair and a Dodge minivan just before 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

The incident happened on Moog Road at Pinehurst Drive.

Troopers say Small, of Holiday, was hit by a 1991 Dodge minivan as he entered the intersection. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the minivan drove away after striking Small.

That vehicle has since been seized as evidence.

"Rolled him up over the hood into the windshield and Larry came down and hit head first on the pavement," Glenn Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman watched the crash on his home surveillance video. He gave the video to investigators but described the tragic crash to us.

"The driver was going way too fast, and the driver knew that he hit him never got out of his vehicle backed up a little bit to basically get around the body or around the wheelchair or the scooter and proceeded westbound down Moog Road," Zimmerman said. "It's disgusting. It's disgusting. There is a chance he was still alive. You could've helped you could've done something, and he definitely knows he hit him."

Small's son Christopher told ABC Action News his dad was going out to get a cheeseburger and was an Army veteran.

Troopers are not searching for any other drivers. If anyone witnessed the crash or has a video showing what happened you are asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 813-558-1800.