Crime Stoppers Increases Reward in Fatal Hit-and-Run | Local News

Citrus County Crime Stoppers continues to ask for the community’s assistance in identifying the vehicle that fatally struck a 29-year-old Crystal River man on April 5, 2021. The crash occurred around 9:20 p.m. near the intersection of West Dunnellon Road and North Terrace Springvale in Dunnellon.


According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Gilead McGahee was lying perpendicular to the roadway on West Dunnellon Road (County Road 488), when an eastbound pickup truck hit him. A second vehicle, a sedan, driving behind the truck also struck McGahee, but did not subsequently stop. Rescuers found the pedestrian dead at the scene.

Nearby cameras captured a photo of a tow truck that the Florida Highway Patrol said may have seen the crash or had more information.

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In addition to the $3,000 maximum reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Citrus County, an enhanced reward of up to $6,500 is available through the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers, in partnership with the Florida Office of Attorney General. The additional funds are available until June 30, 2022. The anonymous report must come from Crime Stoppers and lead to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect in order to be eligible for a reward.

“Hit-and-run cases can be difficult to obtain, but we’re confident someone knows or saw something. Mr. McGahee and his family deserve justice and you may have information that puts an end to this case,” said Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Coordinator Heather Ramos “We hope that with the increased reward and the guarantee of 100% anonymity, someone will take this opportunity to do this. that need.”

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the driver of the getaway vehicle and/or tow truck is asked to call Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS (269-8477), report anonymously at online at www. or submit a mobile tip using the Citrus County Crime Stoppers mobile app (available on Apple and Google devices).

Mark M. Gagnon