Chiefland man critically hurt in hit and run

Published: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a 36-year-old Chiefland man was critically injured early Saturday morning when he apparently was struck by a hit-and-run driver after losing control of his vehicle, which overturned on U.S. 19 in Levy County, ejecting him into the middle of the highway.

FHP determined that Joseph Strong was traveling alone southbound on U.S. 19 about two-tenths of a mile south of Northwest 147th Place at about 2:50 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of his 2003 Chevy Silverado.

Strong's Silverado rotated counter-clockwise and traveled across both southbound lanes, overturning in the grass median. Strong was ejected from the Silverado and came to rest in the middle of the northbound lanes of U.S. 19, troopers said.

A witness said Strong was then struck by a white vehicle, perhaps a Ford Taurus, that failed to stop at the scene and has not been located, FHP said.

Strong was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in critical condition.

FHP is asking anyone with information about the accident to call 352-732-1260, extension 235, or 800-395-8248.

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