JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol says the two cars at the center of a hit-and-run crash on JTB Sunday night might have been racing each other.
“Based on witness testimony from the scene: two vehicles, a blue and a green car, were traveling at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic, possibly racing,” says Sgt. Dylan Bryan with FHP.
Two vehicles were traveling westbound, just east of Kernan Blvd, around 11:15 p.m. FHP says a Volkwagen Beetle struck the right rear of a Toyota Tacoma, causing the driver of the pickup to lose control and strike the inside concrete barrier wall. The truck then overturned several times, troopers said.
The two vehicles sped away down JTB.
“Any time you have open-lane highways late at night, light traffic, the risk takers participate in unlawful activities such as this,” Sgt. Bryan says. “We do conduct numerous enforcement details on JTB for aggressive driving.”
FHP says the other car they’re looking for is green. As for the Volkswagen Beetle, they say it’s blue and model year 1998-2010. It will have moderate to severe damage to the left front of the car. The left front headlight should be partially missing as well.
People who live near that area of JTB say aggressive driving is a growing problem there.
“They’re going like a hundred miles per hour and they just pass you like that you know,” one woman says.
“They drive recklessly all the time down there,” says another man.