Three More Fatalities Brings the Local Traffic Death Rate to Five in the Past Five Days

Three people were killed overnight in two separate Panama City area accidents.

Panama City police are looking for a hit and run driver who struck and killed one man and seriously injured another at Highway 98 and West 23rd Street near the college shortly after midnight Saturday morning.

Police say the two pedestrians were attempting to walk across West Highway 98 when they were struck by a westbound car. The suspect vehicle fled and police are looking for a dark red SUV and a light colored possibly white mini-van. The vehicle will have front-end damage.

Both victims, the one killed and the other injured, are from Russia and both are in their 50s. Investigators say their names are being withheld until their relatives are notified.

Meanwhile, two people were killed in a 3:00 a.m. accident Saturday on Highway 231 at the intersection of County Road 2301 in Bayou George.

Cedar Grove police say two Bay County men were speeding south on Highway 231 in a Cadillac when they attempted to pass a Tahoe. They say the car clipped the left rear of the SUV, sending both vehicles out of control.

The two men were thrown out and died at the scene. Two women from Nashville were in the Tahoe. One was thrown out and underwent surgery Saturday morning. Both women are expected to recover.

The three overnight traffic fatalities brings to five the number of people killed in the past five days in the immediate Panama City area.

Earlier in the week a middle aged man died when run over by a car in the middle of the night at the north end of Michigan Ave in the Bayview Heights section of town. A Youngstown area teenager was also killed late this week in a single car crash on Star Ave near Nehi Road in Bayou George.