ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – An 18-year-old man was killed and a 16-year-old girl was injured in a hit-and-run in east Orange County around 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
FHP said a 2018 Chevy Cruz was heading eastbound on the State Road 408 exit ramp to Chickasaw Trail.
A 2021 Yamaha scooter or motorcycle was heading southbound on Chickasaw Trail.
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According to the FHP, the driver of the Chevy Cruz ran a red light at the intersection and the front of the vehicle hit the Yamaha.
“Witnesses say as it came down the ramp at a very high rate of speed, it ran the red light and struck a scooter as it was traveling southbound on Chickasaw with the greenlight,” FHP Lt. Kim Montes said.
The 18-year-old man and the 16-year-old girl were ejected off of the Yamaha, according to FHP.
FHP said the Yamaha become lodged under the Chevy Cruz.
Witnesses said the people inside the Chevy Cruz got out of the vehicle and left the scene.
Montes said the two people were seen running toward an apartment complex and authorities are now looking for the pair.
“Now, we’re on the hunt for the people that fled the scene, but the good news is we have the vehicle, the vehicle was not reported stolen,” Montes said.
Anyone with information on this crash is asked to call FHP at 407-737-2213 or to remain anonymous call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
“People are getting involved,” Montes said. “We’ve already received several Crimeline tips this morning.”
The names of the victims have not been released at this time.
Montes said the crash marks the 8th fatal hit-and-run in Orange County this year. For the same time period last year the area had one fatal hit-and-run crash.