Family pleads with driver accused of killing Army vet, wife in hit-and-run on I-4 to come forward

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Investigators are searching for a driver accused of killing an Army veteran and his wife in a hit-and-run crash on I-4 earlier this month.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 64-year-old Army veteran David Roman and his wife, 57-year-old Minerva Barreto, both died from injuries suffered in a crash that occurred at 12:55 a.m. on July 11.

Photos: Army veteran, wife killed in hit-and-run crash on I-4 in Seminole County

Troopers said the vehicle that struck the couple’s 2019 Toyota Corolla fled the scene eastbound on I-4. They are searching for a red car.

Troopers and the family of Roman and Barreto are asking for the public to contact Crimeline if they know anything about this crash.

Anyone with information could be eligible for up to a $5,000 reward.

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During a news conference on Wednesday, the couple’s children pled for tips to find the vehicle and driver.

Troopers said they are investigating 16 fatal hit and run crashes that have occurred in Central Florida this year.

This is compared to 10 fatal hit and run crashes in 2020.

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Statewide, troopers have investigated 67 fatal hit-and-run crashes so far this year.

Leaving the scene of a fatal crash is a first-degree felony and is punishable from a mandatory 4-year prison sentence and a possibility of up to 30 years in prison.

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

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