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FHP: Car that drove off located in fatal U.S. 1 hit-and-run

Investigators now say alcohol may be a factor in a deadly hit and run crash off US-1 in St. Augustine Shores. The crash happened near Watson Road around 1 pm.
Investigators now say alcohol may be a factor in a deadly hit and run crash off US-1 in St. Augustine Shores. The crash happened near Watson Road around 1 pm.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – One northbound lane of U.S. 1 in St. Augustine Shores was blocked Wednesday afternoon as the Florida Highway Patrol investigated a hit-and-run crash that killed one person and injured a second.

According to troopers, both cars were travelling north on U.S. 1. They said a man rear-ended a car in front of him, causing it to overturn.

One person died at the scene and the second was taken to a hospital, troopers said. The driver of the other car continued driving about a mile, pulling behind a BB&T Bank to conceal the car.

According to FHP, witnesses followed him and contacted authorities. The man was located by St. Johns County deputies, and he was hospitalized. The man was not identified but was said to be cooperating with investigators.

Hours after the crash, investigators were still on the scene.

Karol Holiday says she saw someone on the ground moments after the crash.

“I don’t have any medical training, so I know it’s not good to just add to chaos, but what I know I could do was call 911,” Holiday said.

Troopers have not released any information about the people who were inside the car that overturned.


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