Crime

Man killed in Big Pine hit-and-run previously convicted of DUI manslaughter

A Big Pine Key man who died Saturday night in what the Florida Highway Patrol says was a hit and run on the Lower Keys island had served prison time after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol-manslaughter.

Scott Allen Foultz, 29, was on felony probation until June 14, 2020. He was in prison from shortly after his guilty plea to DUI-manslaughter before Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones on Dec. 7, 2005, until his supervision began on June 15, 2011, state and local records show.

The fatal crash to which he admitted was on June 24, 2004. Stuart resident Clark Swift, 53, was struck while riding his bicycle on West Indies Drive on Ramrod Key. Foultz was charged later that year, after toxicology tests came back from a state lab, with DUI-failing to remain at an accident involving death, reckless driving and possession of alcohol by a person under 21.

At the time, troopers said Foultz was driving a 1989 Chevrolet pickup north on West Indies Drive when he struck the bicycle ridden by Swift. Swift was thrown from the bike, struck a rock and a palm tree, and died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet. 

Foultz left the scene, but was later located.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Foultz was sitting on the south edge of 1st Street around 11 p.m. Saturday. A vehicle was traveling eastbound on 1st Street and struck Foultz with its right side, troopers said. The driver fled. An inner fender liner cover from the auto was found at the scene. It has an overspray of burgundy/maroon paint. It might be a Dodge Caravan.

Foultz died at Fishermen's Community Hospital. Troopers ask anyone with information about the auto that struck him to call (305) 470-2500 and ask for Cpl. Fisher.

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