Man run over while laying near roadway identified

UPDATE, 2/24/14: The man found dead has been identified as 53-year-old Stephon Duane Sweet.

Investigators believe the vehicle that hit Sweet was a maroon or red Chevy S10 pickup truck.

The cause of Sweet's death was found by District Medical Examiner Predrag Bulic to be blunt force trauma.

Original story below:

HASTINGS, Fla. -- A man was found dead on the side of a Hastings road Saturday night. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office believes he died after a hit-and-run accident.

"Evidence suggest that the victim was laying on the ground on the edge of the roadway when an unknown vehicle ran him over causing fatal injuries," SJCSO representative Chuck Mulligan said in an email to First Coast News.

The man was found in the 400 block Federal Point Road around 10 p.m.

Mulligan said the driver of the vehicle may not have known they struck a person.

The crash is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St Johns County Sheriff's Office Traffic Homicide Investigator J.D. McGinnis at (904) 209-1498.

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