Recognize this car? TPD says the driver ran over a man, who died

Surveillance image released by the Tampa Police Department

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa police are asking for help identifying a hit-and-run driver who hit a pedestrian who died from his injuries.

Police think someone knows who the driver is.

A surveillance camera recorded an image of the sedan that hit a pedestrian at Nebraska Avenue and Crawford Street on December 14.

Investigators say Willie James Bacon, 52, of Tampa, was walking  on Nebraska Avenue at 11:37 p.m. when he was hit by a Ford Explorer. The impact of the collision knocked Bacon into the southbound lanes of Nebraska Avenue where he was struck by a second vehicle.

The driver of the first vehicle that hit Bacon remained at the scene and cooperated with police. The second vehicle, a full-sized, light-colored Lincoln or Ford/Mercury sedan, did not stop. Police want to identify the driver of this vehicle. Someone knows who the driver is. Police want the driver, or anyone who knows the driver, to contact them at (813) 231-6130. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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