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White truck sought in hit and run crash

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Police are searching for the person who crashed into a 76-year-old woman and fled the scene.

Barbara Gaymore was hit on Starkey Road just north of Park Blvd. just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

The truck was a white pickup, possibly a Ford Ranger, with an extended cab. The sheriff's office says Gaymore was pulling a blue suitcase when she was hit; investigators believe that suitcase got lodged on the front of, or underneath the truck.

Friday, deputies gathered at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Starkey Road to pass out fliers about the accident.

Gaymore had serious, but not life-threatening injuries. She had an injury to her head, some fractures, and various abrasions to her legs and knees.

House after house, deputies went knocking on doors in Seminole on Friday. They were handing out a piece of paper that asks everyone in the area for help catching the hit-and-run driver.

"The elderly woman was carrying a briefcase that was nowhere to be found on scene, and the bystanders said that was still attached to the front of the pickup truck that hit her," said witness Nick Besimon.

It was lodged in the truck's grill. Deputies have been searching for that driver since the crash on Wednesday just after 1 p.m.

While the woman recovers from broken bones at Bayfront Medical Center, deputies are combing the neighborhood near the crash site.

"They are basically passing out some fliers that contain the photograph of the vehicle in an attempt to see if anyone saw anything, can identify that driver in any way, and can lead us to that driver of the hit and run," said Cecilia Barreda, with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Until then, people who live near Gaymore in her Dunedin subdivision hope their neighbor comes home soon.

"I just hope and pray she'll be alright, but I have a feeling it's going to be a while," said Pamela Haverland.

Anyone who may recognize the truck is asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

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