Authorities identify Suwannee County hit-and-run victim

Update (1/15/21): Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) announced it has identified the hit-and-run victim and notified the next of kin, but it will not release the name of the deceased man. 

In a press release FHP reported the man was 34 years old and—for reasons that are still under investigation—was apparently lying in the road when a 2007 Dodge Caliber struck and killed him. Investigators have located a person of interest in connection with the crash. 

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Investigators for the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are asking for the public’s help identifying a hit-and-run victim in Suwannee County.

According to the accident report, the crash occurred at 1:22 a.m. just north of Live Oak. An unidentified vehicle traveling northbound on US-129 struck and killed a middle-aged white man before fleeing the scene, the report says. The collision also killed a mid-sized tan dog.

Investigators say the man had long dark hair, a beard, and was wearing blue pajama pants and a red shirt at the time of the accident. They say he also had numerous tattoos, including “Live, Love” on his right hand; “Free, Life” on his left hand; and “Fido” on his right bicep.

FHP asks that anyone with information about the accident or the deceased victim contact the FHP communications center at 800-387-1290. Members of the public can also call Crime Stoppers of Suwannee County at 386-208-8477.

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