FHP: Hit-and-run driver sought in death of Kissimmee man

A 65-year-old man was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday morning in Kissimmee.

The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The man, a Kissimmee resident, was apparently lying in the shoulder of Orange Blossom Trail just north of Carroll Street when he was struck by a vehicle shortly after 8 a.m.

He died at the scene, FHP said. The results of a blood-alcohol test on the victim are pending.

Troopers are looking for a dark green vehicle that may be missing its passenger-side mirror and may have damage to its right front end.

Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS or the Florida Highway Patrol at 407-737-2213. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, FHP said.

The crash comes as state legislators are weighing whether to mandate tougher sentences for drivers who flee the scene of traffic fatalities.

A House committee earlier this month approved a bill that would impose a four-year minimum prison term for hit-and-run drivers.

Under the provisions of the bill, convicted hit-and-run drivers would also have their licenses suspended for at least three years. Backers say that under current law, drunken hit-and-run drivers face less punishment for fleeing than they would for remaining at the scene.

The bill is known as the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, after a Miami cyclist killed in 2012. If approved, it would take effect in July.

dbreen@tribune.com