Couple killed while changing tire on Fla. turnpike - FOX 35 News Orlando

Couple killed while changing tire on Fla. turnpike

Florida Highway Patrol investigators have identified a Sanford man as a person of interest in a fatal hit and run crash involving two deaf people.

Investigators are interested in talking to Robert Bates, 68, the driver of a dark colored 2006 Peterbuilt truck with an Illinois license tag of P769293 and a truck number 13335 on the left and right front of the vehicle.  The trailer is a Benson flatbed with an Illinois license tag of T495080.

Troopers say Mariah A. King, 19, and Vincent T. Mathews, 24, were struck by a tractor-trailer while changing a tire on the shoulder of Florida's Turnpike near Fort Pierce, killing both of them.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened about 7:45 p.m. Monday near mile marker 166.

Sgt. Mark Wysocky says the truck should have right front damage. It was described as a Peterbilt tractor pulling a flatbed truck.

If anyone has information about the tractor trailer or Mr. Bates, they are urged to contact Corporal Robert Ruiz from the Florida Highway Patrol at 772-467-3703 Ext 3126 or email at or contact their local Crime Stoppers.

The highway patrol is investigating.


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