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St. Augustine Police have unanswered questions after hit-and-run crashes

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Updated: 2/21 8:49 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. --The St. Augustine Police Department is looking for a vehicle that sparked a chain of events leading to a man's death early Friday morning.

St. Augustine police told Action News a silver Mazda M6 hit a Florida Power & Light pole on U.S. 1 at Daniels Street, knocked it into the roadway and left the scene. 

"Moments after that, an individual on a scooter came by, struck the pole laying in the roadway was ejected from the scooter landing in the roadway," said Sgt. Mike Etheridge with the St. Augustine Police Department. "They were struck by a truck with a white box trailer."

The man struck was later identified as Juan Salazar of St. Augustine. The truck driver reportedly stopped to talk to a witness and then drove away. Police said they later caught up to him, but did not place him under arrest. They are still trying to determine whether Salazar died after being ejected from the vehicle or after the truck hit him in the roadway.

"We have to wait for the medical examiner to make a final determination on that," said Officer Chris Miller, a traffic homicide investigator for the St. Augustine Police Department.

The crash happened around 2:20 a.m. and it caused U.S. 1 between S.R. 207 and King Street to be closed for about three hours. 

According to the Florida Power & Light website, 82 nearby power customers lost electricity but power has since been restored.
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Posterboi - 2/22/2014 2:04 AM
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@imtellin - "its safe to assume everyone out at that time has had a few cocktails". That is a stupid statement. Why is is "safe to assume" that? Should we then shut down the roads at 2am? Everything doesn't run on 9-5 and lots of people have very valid reasons to be on the road at that time and sober at that. More wrecks occur during business hours than afterward.

almaaiken - 2/21/2014 3:31 PM
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my roomate's step-aunt makes $75 every hour on the laptop . She has been laid off for 7 months but last month her payment was $16677 just working on the laptop for a few hours. look at here>>>>

dragonempress - 2/21/2014 11:06 AM
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Should be pretty easy to catch the mazda most people can't afford to have two cars and if it did drive after hitting a pole then you know they will be driving it around town to work or school and then I hope they get a good sentence. Probably some punk kid who hit the pole bad mistake to leave buddy. You gotta come out sometime! As for the box truck you def need to be found and I hope we do because you actually killed him!

Old Dog - 2/21/2014 8:28 AM
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Anyone who would commit such a vile crime should go to jail for a very long time, in fact I would support a life sentence in cases where the drivers were impaired. Hope the police catch both of these piles of trash and make them suffer.

imtellin - 2/21/2014 7:20 AM
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note to these drivers,, leaving the scene of a deadly accident is far more serious than a dwi !!! and no one got a tag # of the truck & box trailer that stopped & spoke to a witness ??? well at 2:20 am, its safe to assume everyone out at that time has had a few cocktails during the evening... bars close at 2:00, so everyones heading home...
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