Site of the hit-and-run crash in Port Charlotte. (Credit: Google Maps)
Site of the hit-and-run crash in Port Charlotte. (Credit: Google Maps)

Hit-and-run crash leaves Charlotte County deputy with injuries

A Charlotte County deputy was left with injuries after a hit-and-run crash in Port Charlotte Saturday evening.

Matthew Chandler, 24, a Port Charlotte Sheriff’s Office deputy, was hit by an unknown vehicle at Midway Blvd. and Aaron St. in Port Charlotte around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Chandler was driving in a Ford Taurus west on Midway Bridge with emergency lights and siren active. The unknown vehicle made a left turn from Aaron St. into the path of the Ford, according to the Florida Highway Patrol press release.

To avoid a collision, the Ford moved off the roadway, striking a fire hydrant, street light and fence. While the unknown vehicle stopped momentarily, it then left the scene traveling north on Midway Blvd., per the FHP press release.

The car is described as a silver 4-door passenger vehicle. Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information on the vehicle is encouraged to contact FHP at (239) 938-1800.

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