Fatal hit-and-run: Pedestrian dragged into the middle of U.S. 98. FHP needs answers

Sierra Rains
Northwest Florida Daily News

OKALOOSA ISLAND — The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for anyone with information on a fatal July 11 hit-and-run on Okaloosa Island to come forward. 

About 3:10 a.m., a 39-year-old Fort Walton Beach man was walking in the westbound outside lane of U.S. Highway 98 at the Gulf Islands National Seashore when he was hit by a westbound vehicle and dragged into the middle of the westbound lanes, according to an FHP news release.

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No information regarding the vehicle is available at this time. It is believed to have damage to the front end and the bumper, according to the FHP.

The FHP asks that any driver who has knowledge "they struck something" or any repair shops that might have repaired matching damage to come forward to help investigators "find closure for the family of the deceased." 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. Jacob Leitch or Cpl. Constance Knowles at 850-484-5000, or contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com. or through the P3 Tips Mobile application.