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Clearwater police searching for driver after deadly hit-and-run crash

A day after the crash, officers say they know the name of the man they are looking for.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Clearwater Police Department is looking for the driver they say hit a man on a skateboard Thursday morning in Clearwater. 

Officers say the crash happened just before 2 a.m. on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard near Keene Road. Investigators say the driver, Sergio Mendoza-Mesquite, hit a man who was skateboarding on the road and drove away. 

The skateboarder was taken to the hospital where he later died, according to investigators. 

Police say the car is a 2010 Toyota Sierra.

Police say they found the car later Thursday morning but still needed help tracking down Mendoza-Mesquite. 

Investigators say people who saw the crash told them Mendoza-Mesquite never hit the brakes. 

Police say anyone who knows where Mendoza-Mesquite is should call them at 727-562-4242. 

This is a developing story. Stay with 10 Tampa Bay for updates.  

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay/ Clearwater PD

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