MANATEE COUNTY - A motorcyclist is left with serious injuries following a hit and run crash Friday night.  It happened just after 7:30 p.m. near 53rd Ave W and State Road 70 in Manatee County.

Florida Highway Patrol reports a white color Chevrolet Van traveling westbound on State Road 70 was making a left turn when the vehicle struck a motorcyclist.

Troopers say the van stopped briefly before fleeing the scene. FHP is now looking for the driver of that vehicle which may have front end damage. You're encouraged to call crime stoppers  if you have any information.