• Search on for hit-and-run driver who struck construction worker on 417


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Florida Highway Patrol is looking for leads in a hit-and-run case that landed a construction worker in the hospital.

    The crash happened Wednesday on the 417, near the 408 interchange, as construction workers were finishing up work for the day.

    The victim told Eyewitness News off-camera that he's doing OK despite injuries to his knees and scrapes and bruises on his head.

    "This construction worker was in an actual lane that was closed. We don't know why this pickup truck drifted into the lane closure," said Kim Montes of Florida Highway Patrol.

    Eyewitness News was out in the construction zone Thursday and it only took 15 minutes to catch a speeder going 70 mph.

    Catching the hit-and-run driver will not be easy even if he or she passed through a toll both. Cameras at toll booths don't record every car that goes through, they only catch toll violators.

    But officers said they know what kind of vehicle they are looking for and they hope that alone will make an arrest.

    "We had a lot of witnesses tell us it was a white pickup truck with a tool box in the back and possibly a wheelbarrow in the back of the truck and possibly with some front end damage," said Montes.

    The last time a construction worker was killed in a construction zone was in 2003. The driver in that crash was arrested and charged, but he fled after his bond hearing and has not been recaptured.

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