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Boca Raton police investigating fatal hit-and-run after man's body found in road

Body of Shawn Ryan Matthews, 36, of Port Charlotte, found in 120 block of Northwest 40th Street
Posted at 12:25 PM, Mar 21, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-21 17:53:59-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Boca Raton police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash after a man's body was found in the road early Thursday morning.

In a news release, the Boca Raton Police Department said the incident happened at approximately 3 a.m.

A passerby found the body of Shawn Ryan Matthews, 36, of Port Charlotte, in the road at 121 Northwest 40th St.

However, no vehicle debris was found at the scene, and police don't have any information about what kind of car was involved in the crash.

On Friday, police said a 2016-2019 white Ford Explorer is being sought.

If you have any details that can help police, call Officer Crawford at 561-620-6227.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to offer a reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the driver.

A few hours earlier, motorcyclist Keegan Bell, 20, of Boynton Beach, died after he lost control of a Yamaha R6 motorcycle at West Atlantic Avenue and El Clair Ranch Road, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

Bell was traveling east on Atlantic at about 12:30 a.m. when he failed to handle a curve in the roadway and drove into the curb. He was thrown onto the sidewalk, and he slid into a chain link fence before being redirected onto the shoulder of the roadway.

He died shortly later after the crash at Delray Medical Center.