• 3-year-old lying in road hit, seriously injured by hit-and-run driver in Marion County

    By: Sarah Wilson


    MARION COUNTY, Fla. - A 3-year-old Ocala boy was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver while he was lying in the lanes of a Marion County road around 2 a.m. Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    Troopers said they are still searching for the person who hit Jace Nichols. The driver was described as a white woman in her 30s with dirty blonde hair, driving a gold-colored Chevy, possibly a Malibu. Witnesses said she was wearing glasses.

    A witness told troopers that he was checking on the boy after he saw him lying in the northbound lane of Jacksonville Road when the car drove by, striking the boy and not stopping. The man said he was able to jump out of the way of the car as it continued northward.

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    Troopers are asking anyone with information regarding the crash to call FHP at 1-800-387-1290 or Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-369-6880.

    Troopers did not say why the boy was lying in the road or how he got there.

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