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Hit and Run Driver Kills Pedestrian Crossing U.S. 41

The driver left behind a side view mirror after hitting a Venice woman in south Manatee County near the Sarasota line.

Hit and Run Driver Kills Pedestrian Crossing U.S. 41

A 41 year-old Venice woman was killed by a hit and run driver in South Manatee County while crossing U.S. 41.

Erika Leigh Fortner was taken to Blake Medical Center where she died Tuesday afternoon.

Fortner was crossing the street from east to west when what is believed to have been a maroon-colored car, possible a hatchback, heading into Sarasota struck her shortly after midnight Tuesday morning.

The car left the scene heading nother but the driver's side rearview mirror was found at the scene.

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are asking that anyone who witnessed the crash or who might have information about the car or driver to please contact FHP at 239-938-1800 and leave a message for Trooper Barbara Ehrhart.

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