Family seeks answers on 2-year anniversary of deadly hit-and-run
Two years ago, Devin Federly went for a bicycle ride with his friends, but never returned home.
Now, the family is speaking up to remind the community that the driver is still out there.
“Everything is still open,” said Sheryl Federly, Devins aunt. “The wounds are open, the anger of knowing that somebody is living their life how they want to live and Devin is dead.”
Devin’s life was cut short when he was hit by a truck while trying to cross near the intersection of State Avenue and Sheehan Boulevard in Port Charlotte.
“Devin was 14, he was there with his friends,” Federly said. “His friends had to watch one of their best friend’s die in front of them. They can’t unseen what they saw that night.”
The suspect sped off as witnesses tried to help Devin, circling back to the scene twice before fleeing for good. The truck believed to have hit Devin is a silver 2003 to 2006 Chevy Silverado.
“It is unbelievable to anybody how you sleep at night,” Federly says to the person who hit Devin. “We hope that every time you close your eyes and every time you look in the mirror, all you see is Devin’s face.”
After more than two years, Trish Routte, spokeswoman of Crime Stoppers, is confident that this case will be solved.
“A 14-year-old boy left for dead on the side of the road, think about it,” Routte said. “Look into your conscience and do what’s right.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-344-1730 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-8477. There is a reward for anyone who has information leading to an arrest.