Hit-and-run victim found dead after crash in Mount Dora, troopers say

21-year-old man found near Old Highway 441, CR 500-A

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

MOUNT DORA, Fla. - A person found dead Friday morning in Mount Dora is believed to be the victim of a hit-and-run crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the victim was found at 5:15 a.m. on Old Highway 441 and County Road 500-A. The area is on the border of Orange and Lake counties.

FHP Lt. Kim Montes said the victim was identified as 21-year-old Demossi Jarrod Weaver, of Mount Dora.

Orange County sheriff's deputies first responded to the scene because bullets were found near the man's body. The FHP took over the investigation after it determined Weaver had been struck by a vehicle.

Austin Murphy, who discovered the body, told News 6 he swerved to miss something in the road and, when he pulled over, he realized a man was lying in the road.

"I approached the man to see if I could help, and there was a lot of blood coming from him and some bullets laying around," Murphy said.

Montes said investigators are still piecing together what happened.

The vehicle that struck the victim was described as a pickup truck. The truck's color is not known but its grill area would show damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FHP at 407-773-2213 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

The crash remains under investigation.

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