FHP looking at car believed to be involved in deadly hit-and-run

- There is a possible break in the case of a deadly hit-and-run on Universal Boulevard earlier this month.  Rasheed Wiggins, husband of former FOX 35 reporter Kimberly Wiggins, was killed after being struck by three different vehicles as he stood in a grassy median.  Two drivers sped away while the third remained at the scene.

The Florida Highway Patrol on Friday said they are in possession of one of the vehicles that struck the 39-year-old Wiggins.  The 2012 white Toyota Prius is currently parked at FHP Orando headquarters for processing. Forensic experts will examine the car to see if it played a role in the incident.  It is hard to see the damage, but troopers think this is the first car that struck Wiggins, after which he was thrown in the roadway and hit by the other cars. 

Investigators have looked at ten white cars since he was killed, according to the FHP, but this is the first car they decided to impound.  "This is a vehicle we have been looking for, based on a social media tip we received. We have been looking for this specific vehicle for about a week," said FHP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes. 

Sgt. Montes said the Prius was locate on Friday afternoon in close proximity to the crash scene.  "As we were about ready to tow the vehicle, the owner arrived. We did speak with the female owner of this vehicle. That conversation has not moved us forward in the investigation," Montes added.

Kimberly Wiggins talked to us on the phone Friday night.  She said, “I honestly wrestle with how I’m supposed to get by the rest of my life without him.  He was so amazing.”

Wiggins says news of FHP towing the Prius is the first relief she and her family have felt since Rasheed’s death.  “For the first time in almost two weeks, I took a deep breath and it, it’s just hopeful.  It’s hopeful.”

She urges anyone with a tip about either driver who left the crash scene to call Crimeline.  She adds, “He touched so many lives, and he deserves some justice.  He deserves for us to know who did this. He deserves for us to know the cowards behind the wheel, of those who could not stop to check on a human being.”

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the drivers who fled the scene of the fatal crash that happened around 11:30 p.m. on April 16, has just increased to $7,500.  Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).    "No tip is insignificant.  We are asking if you have seen or heard anything about this case to call," Montes said. 

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