Orlando moped driver dies after hit-and-run crash

ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando man has died from his injuries after he was hit by a car while riding his moped in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The hit-and-run crash was reported at 4:40 a.m. Oct. 11 on Colonial Drive near Forsythe Road.

Clarence "Duffy" Hadler, 64, was suffering from severe swelling of the brain. Both his legs and arms were broken, according to friends.

FHP said the driver of a Honda Accord hit Hadler from behind, throwing him from the moped.

Troopers found the car, a 1996 Honda Accord with damage to its windshield, but are still searching for the driver.

Detectives said they've spoken to the owner and the car was reported stolen 10 hours after the crash, but the FHP said it wasn't registered to be on the road.

The owner last saw the car at home at 6 p.m. Oct. 10. It was reported missing the next day.

The car had black and gray hair on the front bumper and a broken windshield when it was recovered.

The hair found on the car was sent to the crime lab to see if it's a positive match to Hadler.

FHP has investigated 25 fatal hit-and-run crashes this year in Central Florida, including Hadler's. Sixteen of the crashes were in Orange County, double the number from last year, said Kim Montes, FHP public affairs officer.

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