by: Russell Colburn Updated:
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. - Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for the driver who hit a local 43-year-old man in Middleburg, and left him in a ditch.
Kevin Helm is being treated for life-threatening injuries early Sunday morning. Troopers say Helm was walking along Hibiscus Avenue when he was hit by someone in a white vehicle and thrown into this ditch.
Helm was in the ditch critically injured for eight hours.
FHP believes the victim was hit around 3:30 a.m., but the crash wasn't reported until after 11 a.m.
The incident happened on a stretch of road with no sidewalks or bicycle lanes.
Troopers are working to learn more about the driver of a white vehicle. They don't have the make or model but it's believed to have extensive damage to its front right-end near the headlight area.
Helm was life-flighted to UF Health in critical condition. But, when Action News called for an update Monday morning, a representative said there was no record of him.