Orange County

‘It’s just wrong’: Woman, dog killed in hit-and-run crash near busy Orange County intersection

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol said it is investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash that happened on a busy Orange County road.

Investigators said a woman was walking her dog when she was hit and killed by a driver early Friday at North John Young Parkway and Hunters Creek Boulevard.

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The dog also died in the crash, officials said.

FHP said the driver had the right of way and the woman who was killed crossed against the light.

Troopers said if the driver stayed on scene, they likely would not have faced charges.

If caught, troopers said the driver could face up to 30 years in prison for leaving the crash.

Troopers said the northbound lanes of John Young Parkway were closed due to the investigation.

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A white bumper at the scene belongs to the suspect’s vehicle, investigators said.

Investigators said they are looking for a white car with damage to the front, the hood, and possibly the windshield.

Troopers said they are checking surveillance cameras at nearby businesses to see if they captured video of the car.

The investigation is ongoing.

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“It’s heartbreaking that someone could be so irresponsible,” neighbor Marlene Portes said. “It’s just horrible waking up to this.”

Portes has a message for the person responsible.

“I know you might be scared, but please do the honorable thing here,” she said. “If you see this, own up to your mistake, because this is just wrong. It’s just wrong.”

See map of scene below:

Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.