Elderly Man and Toddler Struck By Vehicle – Driver Fled the Scene
SPRING HILL – An early morning stroll nearly turned tragic for an elderly man and his 18-month-old great grandson, after they were struck by a pickup truck while crossing Hearth Road and Mariner Blvd.
According to the child’s aunt, Amy Pasquince, round 6:50 a.m., 77-year-old Jose Nieves-Paneto attempted to cross Hearth Road while pushing a stroller occupied by his great grandson. As he stepped onto the pavement, a late model, dark colored 4-door pickup truck, possibly a Chevy Silverado, turned left onto Hearth Road – striking them both. Pasquince says the driver stopped and checked on them, but then quickly jumped back into his truck and sped away – turning right on Lamson Ave.
Fire Rescue responded to the scene and transported the victims to a local hospital. Although battered and bruised, Paneto and the child were not seriously injured.
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of this driver, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 352-754-6830 or Virginia Townsend at 813-716-3181.
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