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Police search for suspects in JTB hit-and-run crash

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Updated: 4/29/2013 10:46 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A female driver is under medical sedation tonight and fighting for her life. Police say it's all because two other drivers decided to take unnecessary risks.

Based on witness testimony from the scene, two vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic, possibly racing.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the out-of-state driver's truck was tossed across Butler Boulevard near Kernan Boulevard after it got in the way of the dangerous duel. Those vehicles sped away after the crash, and FHP says it needs your help to find them.

They're searching for a green passenger vehicle and a blue 2008-2010 Volkswagen Beetle with fresh front end damage. Police believe the blue Beetle is the vehicle that slammed into the pickup truck.

"Based on the amount of the speeds involved, there's going to be significant damage to the front of that vehicle," said Sgt. Dylan Bryan, spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Two other cars collided as they approached the wreck in a domino effect that shut down Butler Boulevard for more than three hours. FHP says the conditions were ripe for racing.

"Anytime you have open lane highways late at night, with light traffic, the risk takers participate in unlawful activity such as this," said Bryan.

It's a problem Action News found is growing in the area.

"They're actually going like 100 miles per hour when they pass you like that," said Marlene Betancourt, who lives off JTB near Kernan.

"People drive recklessly all the time there," said Bob Purnell, who drives JTB to get to work.

It's a problem that's also gotten difficult to control.

"We do conduct numerous enforcement details on J. Turner Butler Boulevard for aggressive driving," said Bryan.

According to the FHP, the female victim remains in critical condition.

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