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Woman’s body found in road after fatal hit-and-run crash in Orlando

Police ID victim as Deja D’Mia Gatling


ORLANDO, Fla. – A woman was found dead Wednesday night after she was hit by a driver who left the scene, according to Orlando police.

The fatal pedestrian crash happened around 11 p.m. on North Orange Blossom Trail near Colonial Drive.

Sgt. David Baker, with the Orlando Police Department, said Deja D’Mia Gatling, 21, was hit by an unknown vehicle before the driver left the scene.

"Information is very limited on the initial vehicle that struck the victim since the driver did not stay on the scene," Baker said.

Baker said a second vehicle also hit Gatling. The driver of the second vehicle stayed on scene and spoke to investigators.

According to the Orlando Fire Department, Gatling died at the scene.

Gatling's father, Darin Gatling, said he hasn't slept since learning about his only daughter's death.

"This is surreal. This doesn't even seem real to me," Darin Gatling said. "I don't know what I'm going to do."

The victim’s father said she she loved to sing. He said his daughter dreamed of moving to California to follow her passion.

“She was lovely, beautiful, could sing, good heart, would do anything for a friend. She was lively, funny. I don’t know how I’m going to go on,” he said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the crash, including the identity of the driver or vehicle, to call Crimeline or the Orlando Police Department.

The victim's father said he wants justice for his daughter.

“My daughter shouldn’t have died like this. No one deserves to die like this, like an animal. So please come forward, anybody with any news. Please. I pray that you will,” Darin Gatling said.


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