PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Authorities are still attempting to track down the driver of a silver pickup truck who hit and killed a 14-year-old boy Friday night.
Devin Federly was riding his bicycle with friends along Sheehan Boulevard in Port Charlotte Friday night when the single cab, older model pickup truck, heading northbound on Sheehan Boulevard, crossed over the centerline and crashed into him. Authorities say the teen was thrown from his bicycle while the driver quickly fled the scene.
“He was loved by adults, kids, everybody,” said Joseph Torrenti, whose son was friends with Federly. “When you met Devin, you loved him.”
The truck’s windshield and right front portion of the vehicle sustained damage, authorities said.
“It’s hard to believe someone could take a life and just keep on going,” Torrenti added.
Roger Krajcik, Federly’s stepfather, has these words to the person who took the teen’s life without stopping to help: “Turn yourself in. It wasn’t right what you did to my son. He didn’t deserve this.”
As family and friends continue to stop to pay their respects and remember Federly at a growing memorial, his grandmother says she hopes the teen is with his mother and grandpa.
If you have any information, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
“Devin had his whole life ahead of him, and whoever was behind the wheel of that truck took his life unnecessarily, and now has gone into hiding like a coward,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “We hope that anyone with information on who this person is will come forward and ensure that the driver is brought to justice.”
All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.