Vigil held for Port Charlotte teen killed in hit-and-run
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The friends of a 14-year-old boy held a vigil Sunday evening as authorities searched for the driver responsible for fatally striking the the teen with a truck.
Devin Federly was riding his bike on State Avenue with a group of friends Friday around 8 p.m. when he was hit while trying to cross near the intersection at Sheehan Boulevard, Florida Highway Patrol said.
Federly was just outside the bike lane and a truck was trying to pass another car, his friends said. The force from the truck threw Federly about thirty feet into the air, friends said. The group rushed to help Federly while the truck drove off.
“We ran over to him like ‘Devin! Devin! Devin! Come on. Wake up. Wake up Wake up!’ I even felt for his heartbeat,” said a friend, Logan Fors. “I couldn’t feel anything at first.”
Federly was reported dead by Charlotte County deputies Friday.
On Sunday, friends placed BMX parts around a cross that was inscribed with Federly’s name.
The truck believed to have hit Federly is a silver older model truck with an extended cab and damage to the front right side and windshield, FHP said. The truck may also have a chrome tool box in its bed, according to FHP.
The department is actively searching for the driver.
Anyone with information is asked to call FHP at 239-344-1730 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-8477.