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Motorcyclist's widow hopes hit-and-run driver comes forward

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Florida Highway Patrol identified a car investigators believe to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a 71-year-old man Saturday morning.

Investigators got a tip Monday about a woman with dark hair, possibly in her 40s, leaving the scene in a 1990-2000 gray or silver Honda Accord with possible front-end damage.

Bill Wren, 71, was hit on his motorcycle in the 3100 block of Bee Ridge Road Saturday around 10 a.m.

Crash investigators said Wren was stopped at a light when the suspect slammed into him, dragged him and his motorcycle for more than 200 feet, then took off.

"The medical examiner assured me that there may have been a millisecond of awareness of what was happening to him," Wren's wife Cherie said. "But because he hit the pavement so hard, and his helmet burst... I'm comforted in the knowledge that he never knew what hit him."

Wren died at the hospital shortly after the crash. His wife said she isn't angry, just disappointed someone left without even calling emergency officials.

"I'm hopeful that she's speaking with an attorney or family members and will be convinced to turn herself in. There's a little teeny tiny part in my heart that if that does happen, she does come forward, I can possibly give her some forgiveness," Wren said.


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