Mother of two struck by hit-and-run driver on Big Pine; Airlifted to Ryder Trauma in Dade

A Summerland Key mother of two was struck and seriously injured on Big Pine Key Friday morning by a hit-and-run driver, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Darlene Pointer, 36, was walking northbound with her children on the east shoulder of U.S. 1 around mile marker 29 when a white Toyota Tacoma pickup drifted off the road and hit her. The driver did not stop. Pointer's children were not injured, said Lt. Kathleen McKinney of the FHP.

Monroe County's TraumaStar helicopter ambulance flew Pointer to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami-Dade County. McKinney said that as of Friday afternoon, Pointer was listed in good condition.

A Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped the driver of the truck at mile marker 47. Police are not identifying the juvenile but he was arrested and he faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily harm. Other charges may be pending as the FHP's investigation continues, McKinney said.

It was third hit and run in the Lower Keys since the end of December -- and two of them resulted in death.

Troopers are still looking for the person who struck and killed Big Pine Key resident Scott Foultz, 29, as he sat on the south edge of 1st Street on Big Pine around 11 p.m. Jan. 24.

On Dec. 28, troopers say, 88-year-old Sugarloaf Key resident Domingo Veloso struck and killed former NFL player Christopher Dyko, 48, of Bremerton, Wash.

Dyko was riding a bicycle northbound in the marked bike lane at mile marker 16 of U.S. 1. It was about 1:15 p.m. when he was hit. Veloso, who was driving a 1997 Ford Expedition, returned to the scene and was arrested.

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