LABELLE – The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in identifying a hit-and-run driver involved in a fatal accident in Hendry County.
A 15-year-old LaBelle boy was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Case Road, east of State Road 29 at approximately 7:42 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol Report, the bicyclist was traveling west on Case Road when a vehicle came up behind him. The front of the vehicle collided with the bicyclist. The bicyclist was propelled into the ditch, the report continues. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
After the collision, the driver fled the scene.
The vehicle is “possibly a white SUV” the report states.
Anyone with information regarding this tragic crash is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-344-1700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-780- TIPS (8477).
UPDATE: The Florida Highway Patrol has located and impounded an SUV suspected to be Vehicle 1. Anyone with information regarding this hit and run crash is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol or Crimestoppers.
UPDATE 2: Friends of the family have started a fundraiser for the family of Eduardao Dayan Lopez Escobedo on gofundme.com.
The Gofundme.com page states: "It is with great sadness to share on the evening of September 14th, 2023 our nephew Eduardo Dayan Lopez Escobedo was taken from our family. For those of us that knew Eduardo know that he was the sweetest soul and very kind hearted. Our family is really hurting by this horrible tragedy that has greatly impacted our lives. His death was not an accident and totally unexpected this reckless criminal has yet to turn himself in and it hasn’t helped us grieve appropriately. We firmly believe that the power of prayer and help from our community can help us get through this tough time and answers we are pleading for. Some of you have reached out and asked how you can help us during this time. Know that your kindness is much appreciated as we navigate this heartbreaking moment. We kindly ask, if you are able to, to donate funds towards the funeral service, as we would love to give Eduardo the memorial he deserves, to honor his memory and say our last goodbyes."