CENTRAL FLORIDA - Florida Highway Patrol troopers said they're looking for a hit-and-run driver who killed a man in the Four Corners area of Lake County early Thursday morning.
Authorities said a car struck and killed Wilfredo Feliciano Rodriguez, 33, as he was walking to his job at Publix on Town Center Boulevard.
The accident shut down eastbound U.S. Route 192 near Clermont for several hours as investigators worked at the scene.
"It's frustrating. It's very -- it angers you. People need to care about people. People need to go back to that. Always choose to do the right thing," said Cynthia Avans-Delahoz of the Florida Highway Patrol.
A passerby spotted Rodriguez's body
at about 7:30 a.m. and called 911, but according to troopers, the accident happened between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Rodriguez leaves behind his wife and 3-year-old daughter.
"He was a good, loving husband," said Rodriguez's wife, Nayda Rodriguez. "He was good. He was a hard worker. That's why he did the things he did. That's why he walked all the way to work."
Family members said Rodriguez's bicycle recently blew a tire, so he planned to walk the four miles to work.
State troopers said he was just a few blocks from home when he was struck.
"He left his wife and his daughter in bed so that he could go to work, and you would hope he could make that movement from point A to point B with safety," said Avans-Delahoz.
Nayda Rodriguez said she has nothing but compassion for the driver, but she still wants him to turn himself in to authorities.
“I got no hard feelings. Things happen. God bless him,” she said. “(We’re) all blessed. I know my husband, he's on a better place.”
Troopers said the car was a grey or silver Toyota, possibly a larger Toyota due to the type of injuries Rodriguez suffered.
The vehicle will have damage to the right-front headlight assembly and will be missing the passenger side mirror, troopers said.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477) or FHP at 407-737-2213.
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