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Teen pedestrian dies after hit-and-run

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A teenage girl died Saturday night after she was struck by a vehicle while walking near St. Augustine.

The driver left the scene, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was identified as 15-year-old Haley Smith Sunday morning. 

"She just got ran over like a dog," Bill Manning said. Manning was Smith's step-father and said he helped raise her for the last nine years. 

The 15-year-old girl was walking with two friends in the area of Kenton Morrison Road and Four Mile Road around 8:30 p.m.

The Sheriff's office said it believes a gold colored pick-up truck hit the teenage girl and headed south on Holmes Avenue towards West King Street. The girl's friends were uninjured. 

"I hope they find him. We want some closure here," Manning said. 

Bill, along with his son, Haley's step-brother Mitchell Manning and Haley's brother in-law Lester Sweat, visited the scene of the incident Sunday morning.  

After the incident, the teenager had life threatening injuries and was going to be flown to UF Health in Jacksonville, but St. Johns County Fire Resue said the flight was canceled due to weather. She was transported by ambulance.

Manning said Smith was a sophomore at St. Augustine High School and had recently transferred from Pedro Menendez High School.

Smith was unconscious when he arrived at the hospital, Manning said, but he was able to see her before she was taken away to surgery. 

The hit-and-run less than a mile from where a bicyclist was hit and killed last Friday.

Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run in St. Johns County

Anyone with any information concerning the identity of the vehicle or driver is asked to call the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 824-8304.  

Callers can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling Crimestoppers of N.E. Florida at 1(888) 277-TIPS


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