Father of two killed by hit-and-run driver in white pickup on US 301

Two young children will never know their father, who was hit and killed as he rode his bicycle along US 301 early Tuesday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for the driver of a white pickup truck that hit 28-year-old Jacob Aaron Weinert, who is from Lockport, Illinois.

He leaves behind two children, both under the age of two. 

Weinert's mother says he and some friends moved to Florida a few months ago. His family planned to join him in the sunshine state soon.

“They went down there to find a better life, work hard, save your money. He was looking forward to bringing his family down next month,” his mother, Kathleen Weinert said.

The hit-and-run happened after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at U.S. Highway 301 and Sligh Avenue. 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the only description they have of the suspect vehicle is that it’s a white, two-door pickup truck, now likely with front-end damage.

After the collision, troopers said the driver of the pickup truck took off. Troopers closed the southbound lanes in the area during the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call FHP at 813-558-1800. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay by calling 1-800-873-8477.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said a hit-and-run driver plowed into a bicyclist, killing the 28-year-old rider. The suspect vehicle is a white pickup truck. (FOX 13 News)