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Ormond Beach Observer Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 3 years ago

Police seek driver in fatal hit and run

An Ormond man was killed and a boy injured
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

An Ormond Beach man was killed and a 9-year-old boy was injured in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 4 about 10:35 p.m. on Oct. 15.
Thomas Reece, 47, died at the scene, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Austin Reece, 9, was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital with serious injuries.
Their car was traveling eastbound in front of the suspect’s car, described by witnesses as a white Chevy Malibu with a headlight that was out before the crash. As the suspect car changed lanes, the driver lost control and sideswiped Reece’s car, a 2004 GMC SUV. 
The SUV went off the roadway, down a ditch and overturned. The driver, Thomas Reece, was ejected. He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to FHP. The boy was wearing one. 
Witnesses say the suspect car may have a different-color right-front quarter panel.
Anyone with information may call FHP at 407-737-2213 or Crimeline.
The crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending. 


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