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Ellenton bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver, troopers say

Tina Luong
Tina Luong(Photo provided by Luong family.)
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 9:38 AM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2022 at 3:33 PM EDT
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UPDATED at 3:15 p.m. Monday with additional details.

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - An Ellenton woman has died after she was hit by a car while riding a bicycle Saturday night in Manatee County, the Florida Highway Patrol said Monday.

Tina Luong, 61, was riding east on Mendoza Road, east of Ridgewood Boulevard at about 11:45 p.m. Troopers say a sedan, also heading east, hit her, knocking her into a ditch.

The driver of the sedan that hit her did not stop and authorities are looking for them.

Luong was taken to a hospital in critical condition but later died, troopers said Monday.

The Florida Highway Patrol is requesting anyone with information concerning this crash to contact Crime Stoppers or *FHP (*347) on a cellular phone.

Luong’s employer, Cali Nails, has established a GoFundMe campaign to help pay funeral costs.

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