FHP troopers believe hit and run victim struck by large truck
By Tracy Jacim, Anchor -
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public's help in tracking down the driver who hit and killed a 34-year-old woman.
Nicole Yeomans was struck sometime around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning as she walked along westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 192. It's likely, troopers said, it happened before sunrise.
It was Yeomans' boyfriend who found her hours later, in the thick grass. Troopers said her injuries were so massive, she likely died upon impact. They believe the vehicle that struck her was likely a large, commercial vehicle, like a semi-trailer truck.
FHP Sgt. Kim Montes tells FOX 35, "We do not believe she was actually in the travel lane, and based on the fact there is no evidence left behind, it may have been a larger vehicle such as a semi, and that semi may not have even known it struck her."
Montes says a lot of semis travel this stretch of roadway in the early morning hours, and the fact that there are no vehicle parts left behind, means it likely was a larger vehicle. Cars typically leave bits and pieces behind, troopers say.
For Yeomans' mother, Patricia Martines, the details mean little.
"If you run over an animal, you feel it," she said, with tears running down her face. "My Nikki is tall! At least call 911, you know?"
Troopers said Yeomans was also carrying her dog, but the dog is fine.