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FHP releases information on vehicles involved in fatal Quincy hit and run

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Published: Sep. 25, 2016 at 9:52 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 29, 2016

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida Highway Patrol has released information on the two vehicles involved in a fatal hit and run that took the life of a pedestrian in Quincy Sunday.

62-year-old Richard Akery-- also known as 'Pete'-- was killed after he was hit by two vehicles around 9 p.m. Sunday.

FHP says it's seeking the public's help in finding the vehicles.

The first vehicle is "possibly a sedan" according to FHP. It's believed to have damage to it's front left corner, front left fender and left side mirror. Troopers say the vehicle was traveling south on State Road 267 from US 90 between 8:40 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday.

The second vehicle is a burgundy or maroon pickup truck that may be lifted with large tires. It may have an LED light bar at the roof line and a camper shell covering the bed of the truck.

Troopers say the vehicle was pulling a flatbed trailer at the time of the crash and may be scraped and missing small chips of plastic from the front, left side or left rear of the vehicle

It would have been traveling northbound on State Road 267 between 8:40 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Corporal Matthew Kirkland with the Florida Highway Patrol at (850) 410-3070.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News / James Buechele

September 26, 2016

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The search for answers continues after two vehicles hit and kill a man.

It happened on Pat Thomas Parkway just north of Brumby Street in Quincy.

Sheirell Akery had just wrapped up celebrating her son's birthday.

"Then the phone call came and everything just changed right there," Akery said.

She found out her uncle was killed in a hit and run.

Akery said, "I'm in disbelief. This cannot be happening. My heart just... my mom just buried her other brother a couple of months ago in Alabama. So, it's just like rough right now."

62-year-old Richard Akery-- also known as 'Pete'-- was hit around 9:00 Sunday night.

Troopers say a car hit him as he was walking across Pat Thomas Parkway. Family members say Akery was walking home at the time.

The car was going southbound and hit Akery in the southbound lanes. Authorities say Akery's body landed in the inside northbound lane, when another vehicle hit him.

Yvette Bittle was working at the nearby Captain D's at the time. She called 911. "Then I went down there and I seen Mr. Pete laying down there. I just wanted to cry. Just to see somebody laying there dead like that, it's sad. Just to die like that, it was sad. It was a lot of us down there crying." Bittle said.

Troopers say both vehicles left the scene.

Sheirell Akery said, "People get out when they hit a deer to put the deer in the car, but, a body-- yeah, I'm having the hardest time right now."

Akery was known as the man with the shopping cart. He was pushing one when he was hit and killed.

Sheirell said, "When I look over there now, I'm not going to see a buggy. That's what's going to get me. I can't look for Uncle Pete no more. When I look over there, that buggy ain't gonna be there."

Family members say Akery used the shopping cart as a crutch because it helped him walk. They say he also used to put items in that he found as he walked around town. He would sell items out of his cart to people in the community.

Anyone with information on what happened is asked to call local law enforcement.

"That's the hardest thing to face is death with a family member. But, when they get killed, whether it's by a gun or a car or whatever, and you don't know who did it, it's hard. The killer is still out there. So, that's probably the hardest thing that we're facing right now," Sheirell said.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News / James Buechele

September 25, 2016

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Officials in Gadsden County say a man was killed after being hit by two vehicles Sunday night.

The accident happened shortly before 9 p.m. at State Road 267 and Brumby Street in Quincy. State Road 267 is also known as the Pat Thomas Parkway.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Richard Akery, 62, of Quincy was pushing a shopping cart across State Road 267 when he was struck by a vehicle headed southbound.

A second vehicle struck Akery in the northbound lanes. Akery was found in the center lane of the road, troopers say.

According to FHP, neither vehicle stopped at scene. At this time, officials are not sure of the vehicles or suspects involved in the accident.

The Quincy Police Department, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Grady County EMS also responded to the scene.

No further details are available at this time.