Answers elusive after fatal Charlotte County hit-and-run
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Questions remain unanswered almost a year after a 14-year-old boy was fatally struck ad killed.
On Feb. 26, 2016, Devin Federly was riding his bike on State Avenue with a group of friends around 8 p.m. when he was hit by a truck while trying to cross near the intersection at Sheehan Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The driver sped off as witnesses tried to help Federly, circling back to the scene twice before fleeing for good.
“It just makes you sick to your stomach to think that someone would leave and then come back…obviously recognize that something tragic happened and then leave again, come back, then leave again,” said FHP Lt. Greg Bueno.
The FHP has received over 50 tips and exhausted all leads for 10 months, but the driver remains at large.
Logan Fors, Federly’s best friend, doesn’t enjoy riding his bike anymore, but visits Federly’s memorial at the intersection from time to time, hoping for some answers.
“It just makes me sad that I can’t spend time with my best friend at school or anything anymore,” he said. “If you’re out there watching, you have no heart or soul…just turn yourself in and make it a lot easier on people.”
There were more than than 99,000 hit-and-run crashes statewide in 2016, according to the FHP.
The truck believed to have hit Federly is a silver 2003 to 2006 Chevy Silverado.
Anyone with information is asked to call FHP at 239-344-1730 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-8477.