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Passenger killed in crash, police searching for driver who fled the scene

FRANKLIN COUNTY – State Police say they are looking for a driver who fled the scene of a fatal crash in Franklin County.


The crash occurred Sunday at 7 p.m. on Brooks Mill Road, one tenth of a mile north of Burnt Chimney Road.


According to State Police, a 2000 Jeep Cherokee was going south on Brooks Mill Road when it ran off the road and struck a tree.


The driver left the scene and has not been located or identified.


Police say the front seat passenger, Yancy Caleb Velazquez, 20, of Penhook, was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.


There were several other passengers in the Jeep and they have been questioned about the identity of the driver.


Troopers are following up on the leads to identify the driver.


The crash remains under investigation.

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