Man killed in hit-and-run crash; Sanford police searching for driver

Family said 37-year-old Al Fountain was found on street

Police said the man — 37-year-old Al Fountain, according to family — was found in the eastbound lanes of 25th Street just before 8 p.m. in the area of Georgia Avenue.

SANFORD, Fla. – Sanford police want to find the driver who hit a man Saturday night, leaving the victim on the road to die.

Police said the man — 37-year-old Al Fountain, according to family — was found in the eastbound lanes of 25th Street just before 8 p.m. in the area of Georgia Avenue.

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Officers said he had serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital, where he ultimately died.

Rashmi Soto told News 6 that Fountain was her son, and she said the grief has been overwhelming.

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“I don’t know what kind of human being would do something like that to a person and just take off,” Soto said.

Al Fountain’s brother, Hiten Fountain, said he learned about what happened when his uncle called Saturday night.

“I was in disbelief. I still kind of in disbelief,” Hiten Fountain said.

Hiten Fountain said his brother was leaving a nearby convenience store when he was hit and killed by a driver who did not stop.

“Someone had to see something” Hiten Fountain said. “It’s a busy area. There are kids outside playing all day constantly. He’s known around this area because he frequents the location.”

Al Fountain's family described him as loving and generous. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Al Fountain’s family visited the scene Saturday night.

In the days since his death, family members said they have done everything they can to track down the driver. They placed posters with Al Fountain’s picture on poles and signs in the surrounding area.

“I know that he’s in the kingdom of Heaven, happy, but that doesn’t take away the pain that we’re going to feel the rest of our life missing him,” Soto said.

Investigators did not provide any details on what type of vehicle may have hit Al Fountain or who the driver may be.

Anyone who saw the crash or has information on what happened is asked to Sanford police at 407-688-5070.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.