MANATEE COUNTY - A 15 year old skateboarder was killed in A fatal hit– and– run crash that closed down the Ft. Hamer Bridge in Manatee County in both directions overnight and into this morning.

The Florida Highway patrol reports, an unidentified teen was on a skateboard northbound when he was hit by a Toyota pick– up truck just before 3 am this morning.

The driver of the truck took off, and the search is on now for that driver, according to FHP.

Troopers are looking for a 2012– 2015 Toyota Tacoma pick-up with extensive front end damage.

Upper Manatee River Rd. was closed from Waterlefe Blvd. to Fort Hamer Rd. until around 9:30.

Anyone with information on this crash can contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-938-1800
or dial *FHP (*347) on a mobile phone. 

*This post has been updated to reflect the correction by the Highway Patrol of the victim's age.