Florida Highway Patrol looking for motorist who ran over Port Orange biker on Tomoka Farms Road after earlier crash

PORT ORANGE -- Thr Florida Highway Patrol is looking for a motorist who ran over a motorcyclist Saturday night on Tomoka Farms Road and Country Circle Drive and failed to stop to help the victim who earlier crashed.

The victim was identified Sunday night as 67-year-old Randell Solana of Port Orange. Solana was riding his 2007 Harley-Davidson when for unkwown reasons he lost control of the motocycle. He was thrown from the bike which came to rest on the shoulder of the road while he lay prone in the southbound lane of Tomoka Farms Road. Then he was run over by a motorist who then fled, the FHP said of the 9:25 p.m. Saturday incident.

The FHP didn't say whether the victim, who had been wearing a helmet, was already dead when he was run over. Because of the truma to the body, the FHP said it was delayed in identifying him. The FHP is looking for the vehicle and driver that ran over the motorcyclist, though they don't have a clear description of either, except that the vehicle has front-end damage based on the evidence at the scene.

"Troopers believe that the driver of (the vehicle) knows they struck something in the roadway and did not stop," said Sgt. Kim Montes, spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol in Orlando.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run driver and/or vehicle i asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at 407-737-2213.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.