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Seized Vehicle May Be Connected To Fatal Hit-And-Run

The Florida Highway Patrol believes it may have located the missing vehicle that fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in Marion County yesterday.  

A silver, 2002 Honda four-door Sedan seized in The Villages today may be connected to the fatal crash, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Alexis Monroe, 43, of Summerfield, was said to have been walking south in the right lane of U.S. Highway 301, north of SE 177 Place, at approximately 2 a.m. yesterday when an unknown vehicle hit her and fled in an unknown direction, according to the release.

After she was struck by the first car, Monroe was in the southbound right lane of U.S. Highway 301 when she was then struck by a 2015 freight truck, driven by John L. Gandy, 64, of Orlando, and a 2003 Toyota Tundra, driven by Timothy Barhorst, 44, of Summerfield.

A Marion County Fire Rescue paramedic pronounced Monroe deceased at the scene.

The unknown vehicle was said to be silver or gray in color. The vehicle found in The Villages matches the description.

No arrests have been made in connection with the on-going investigation.

Baylor Cherry is a reporter for WUFT News and can be reached at 727-916-0142.