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Troopers searching for driver who hit and killed woman who fell out of truck window on S.R. 54

Posted at 12:31 PM, Jun 02, 2018

A 35-year-old woman hanging out of a truck window fell onto a road in New Port Richey and was struck by a second vehicle late Friday night, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Janet Emile of New Port Richey was a passenger in 2000 to 2002 Chevy Tahoe at the RaceTrac gas station at 5823 State Road 54 about 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

After an unknown disturbance at the gas station, the Chevy Tahoe driven by Johnathan Randall Gordon, 23, left the business and headed west on S.R. 54. 

Emile, who was riding in the front passenger seat, fell out of the passenger window, the troopers said. A second unidentified vehicle traveling westbound on S.R. 54 struck Emile as she lie in the street.

Officials believe the second vehicle is a dark colored 2013-2014 Ford Escape. It's missing the left side wheel-well liner. 

The Chevy Tahoe and the second vehicle involved both left the scene without stopping. 

Randall later turned himself into authorities on Monday regarding his role in the disturbance at the gas station. He has not been charged with anything. 

Emile was taken to an area hospital, where she died of her injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the agency by calling *FHP or Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS or 8477.