NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
April 5, 2006
Contact: Catherine Dokey
Community Relations Coordinator
  (850) 651-7448

Hit and Run in Destin

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run traffic crash that occurred approximately at 8:40 pm this evening (Wednesday).  The traffic crash took place on Airport Road near Industrial Lane .  Eye witnesses reported a dark color pick-up truck struck a bicyclist on the east bound lanes of Airport Road .  The pick-up truck continued east bound.  The bicyclist was pronounced dead on scene.  Family members positively identified the bicyclist as Elcio Nasareno Pinentel, age 36 (03/03/1970) of 955 Airport Road, Apt #1211 .  Pinentel is from Brazil and was approximately in the country for a year working in construction.

The investigation is currently ongoing.  Anyone with any further information in reference to the hit and run vehicle is encouraged to contact Deputy Sheriff Mark Raiche with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS.