Troopers find SUV believed to be involved in hit-and-run crash that killed bicyclist

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a 72-year-old Orange City man who was fatally struck by an SUV while riding a bicycle Wednesday morning in Volusia County.

The driver of the SUV did not stay on the scene, troopers said.

At about 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, Pedro Carrera Perez was riding a bicycle at Enterprise Road and Volusia Avenue in Orange City, troopers said.

Troopers said Perez was in a crosswalk as a Chevy traveling northbound on Enterprise Road struck him.

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According to troopers, the woman driving the SUV got out of the vehicle, looked at the victim, got back in her car and fled north on Enterprise Road.

"After receiving a tip from the public, troopers believe that they have located the vehicle involved in the fatal hit-and-run crash," FHP Lt. Kim Montes said. "The suspect vehicle is a silver 2005 Chevy Tahoe."

The vehicle, which was found in a neighborhood within 2 miles from the crash scene, has significant front-end damage consistent with striking a bicyclist, Montes said.

Troopers described the woman as about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, white and was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

"The owner is a female and declined to give troopers an interview without her attorney," Montes said. "Troopers will process the vehicle to collect evidence to forensically prove that this vehicle was involved in the crash."

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Troopers said they continue to search for any surveillance footage of the crash.

Investigators said they are not releasing the address of where the Chevy Tahoe was found because the crash remains under investigation. They said charges are pending.

The vehicle was taken to an indoor storage facility to protect it from the elements, troopers said.

Anyone with information is asked to call FHP at 407-737-2213.

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