Field service technician working on recovery efforts post Hurricane Irma struck by vehicle in Alachua County

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run crash involving a field service technicianWednesday afternoon in Alachua County.

At approximately 12:53 p.m., 56-year-old Belinda Mason Chapman of Gainesville was manning a post at State Road 26, west of County Road 234 when a white Ford F-250 pickup truck with camouflage stripes and a whip style radio antenna struck Chapman. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has had State Road 26 blocked off due to water over the roadway. ┬áThe pickup truck then proceeded through the roadblock and fled the scene.

Chapman was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital for minor injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gainesville FHP’s Sgt. M. Hathcock at 352-955-1961 or the Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP. FHP is asking citizens to remain vigilant while traveling through the area due to the increased number of first responders and utility workers working on recovery efforts post Hurricane Irma.