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FHP searches for driver of fatal hit-and-run in Manatee Co.

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MANATEE CO., FL (WWSB) – The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of a vehicle that fatally hit a 44-year-old man on Thursday.

Daniel Marez, of Bradenton, was killed after being hit by an unknown vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

At the intersection of US-41 and 69th Avenue W. around 10:14 p.m., Marez was crossing the roadway and was struck. The unknown vehicle fled the scene.

FHP has released information on the vehicle describing it as possibly a 2001 to 2005 metallic gold or beige 2-door Ford Explorer or a 4-door Explorer Sport Trac with a missing right ride parking lens.

If you have any information on the vehicle or the driver, call Corporal Carl Hupchick at 941-492-2205.