LABELLE, FL. -- Jose Jesus Hijar Sanchez of Arcadia died of injuries after being struck by multiple vehicles Thanksgiving night while he walked along State Road 29 near C Street in LaBelle. Two vehicles fled the scene.
A 2012 Kia Sportage driven by Leo Curry, 72 of Ft. Lauderdale, FL was traveling north on State Road 29 just past C Street in Hendry County as Sanchez was walking in a westerly direction and attempted to cross over State Road 29 about 6:27 p.m. Thursday .
He walked into the car's path of travel as the driver braked, but was unable to avoid a collision. The vehicle's left front struck Sanchez who was thrown in a northwesterly direction onto the southbound travel lane of State Road 29.
He was then struck by an unknown vehicle that was traveling south on State Road 29. Vehicle 2 did not stop and continued traveling south on State Road 29. After the collision the Kia veered to the right and struck a guardrail on the east paved shoulder.
A 2003 Honda Civic driven by Susan Worthington, 28 of Clewiston, FL was traveling south on State Road 29 when the driver observed Sanchez lying in the southbound travel lane and she steered to the left, but was unable to avoid also striking him.
Her vehicle's right side tires struck him.
A fourth vehicle was traveling south on State Road 29 where it also struck Sanchez, and continued traveling south on State Road 29.
Sanchez was pronounced dead at the crash scene at 6:42 p.m. by paramedics with Hendry County EMS. No further descriptions of vehicle 2 and vehicle 4 are available. If anyone has any information regarding the hit and run vehicles, please contact the FHP Ft. Myers District or *FHP.