• Torched car found after fatal hit-and-run crash in Ocala, police say

    By: James Tutten , Myrt Price


    OCALA, Fla. - A vehicle that might have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash was burned and abandoned in Reddick, the Ocala Police Department said.

    Police said James Leocal, 26, was killed late Saturday or early Sunday when he was struck by a car on Southwest 38th Avenue.

    Investigators said Leocal's body was discovered shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday.


    Police said a Toyota Camry matching the description of the hit-and-run vehicle was found in Reddick.

    "We found evidence on the scene that it was possible a Toyota vehicle was involved," Ocala police Capt. Charles Eades said. "A couple of hours later, up in the town of Reddick, we heard from the (Marion County) Sheriff's Office (that) they found a Toyota that was fully involved with fire. It had been torched."

    Investigators are still trying to determine if the vehicle was involved in the crash, which remains under investigation.

    Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Ocala police at 352-369-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 352-368-7967.

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