A motorcyclist thrown onto the northbound lanes of U.S. 17 in DeLeon Springs when his motorcycle was struck from behind by a vehicle was run over by a second vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The second vehicle, a pickup, did not stop after hitting and killing John C. Eaton, 46, of DeLand on Sunday night, said Sgt. Kim Montes, an FHP spokeswoman.
“We know that the pedestrian (motorcyclist) in the road was still alive but he was struck by the unknown pickup before he was able to get off the road,” Montes said.
“We need the public’s help in finding the vehicle and the driver, maybe a neighbor coming home with a pickup with damage on the front of their vehicle or if they used to keep their vehicle in the driveway but is not there this morning, we urge them to give us a call. We need to know.”
Montes said troopers are examining Eaton’s body to see if any debris or paint color from the vehicle could be found on his clothes.
According to Montes, Eaton pulled out of the Brass Rail Pub at 4485 N. U.S. 17 on Sunday night and was headed north when a Dodge pickup struck his motorcycle from behind. The northbound Dodge pickup stopped, Montes said. The crash happened about 6:45 p.m., according to EVAC ambulance officials.
Eaton was thrown into the northbound lanes of U.S. 17 when the unidentified hit-and-run pickup struck Eaton as he tried to get out of the way.
Anyone with information is asked to call FHP investigators at 407-737-2213.
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