Child, 12, dies in hit-and-run crash on I-Drive, FHP says

Driver ditches car in median, runs from scene

By Dawn Jorgenson - Graham Media Group, Erik Sandoval - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - A 12-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run crash on International Drive near Westwood Boulevard Tuesday night, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said the driver of a Ford Focus struck the child, ditched his car in the median and ran away from the scene.

The FHP said the boy was with other children crossing International Drive on a bicycle when the crash occurred. 

Two of the children with the victim said they were crossing I-Drive when the car clipped their friend's wheel. They said that sent him underneath the car.

Other friends of the child told News 6 he had just moved to the area recently, and he lived in an apartment complex near the scene. One of them said he had just played soccer with the boy two hours before the incident.

The child, who was identified Wednesday as Sebastian Duque, died at Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, troopers said.

Officials initially only described the driver as a white man, but said Wednesday that they had identified a person of interest in the crash after receiving a Crimeline tip.

The person of interest told the Highway Patrol he had gotten an attorney and refused to cooperate when troopers tried to interview him, the FHP said.

Troopers said they were also still working to identify the current owner of the Focus.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call 407-737-2213.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Duque's family.

The fundraising page also mentioned that Duque's family had just recently moved to the area.

"This page is to help give support to Sebastian’s family during this unimaginable time who have recently moved here to give their sons a brighter future," the page said.

More than 230 people donated within four hours, according to the page. Click here to contribute to the fundraiser.

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