A Florida boy is lucky to alive after being struck by a SUV in a horrific hit-and-run. The incident was caught on video, and it is disturbing to watch.
14-year-old Johnny Walsh was riding his bike in Holiday when an SUV careened off of the street and struck him. The SUV sped off, but authorities now have a person of interest named who might have been behind the wheel.
Johnny Walsh Jr., 14, was struck by a speeding SUV while riding his bicycle in a residential neighborhood of Holiday. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the SUV was traveling southbound on Windham Drive, approaching Moog Road. The driver sped through a stop sign, turned left onto Moog Road, and lost control of the vehicle.
The video shows the SUV fish-tailing as it left the roadway, careened into a yard, hit a mailbox, then collided with a parked car before striking Walsh on his bicycle. The parked car was sent into the owner’s home nearby.
“I hurried and up and tried to get off the bike but it was too late and I got hit,” Johnny told FOX 13 Tuesday morning.
The teenager, who miraculously didn’t even break a bone, was able to jump right back after getting hit.
“I had my eyes closed and I opened them and then I seen the tire right in front of me,” he said. “I thanked the Lord when I got up.”
Security cameras attached to a home on Moog Road recorded the hit-and-run. Jacki Lilly lives next door; the truck that was hit first belongs to her husband.
“It makes me sick to my stomach,” Lilly said referring to the video. “I watched it quite a few times initially and then as the shock of what happened wore off, it just was so disturbing, I can’t watch the video anymore.”
She said she’s actually glad the SUV hit her husband’s truck.
“That truck absorbed all of that momentum and bore the brunt of it,” she explained. “If he had not hit that truck, I believe there probably would have been multiple kids hit and possibly killed yesterday. So everything happens for a reason. There were definitely some angels looking over people yesterday for sure.”
After hitting Johnny, the SUV continued on to hit another mailbox. Debris from that impact struck a 12-year-old bicyclist. The SUV then fled the scene.
Here is video of the incident.
After the video, a person of interest was announced just a few hours ago.
Troopers said they want to talk to Christopher Try, 20, and Kevin Wilson, 23, and consider them “persons of interest” in the case.
FHP told FOX 13 the gold Ford Expedition seen weaving erratically through the streets was reported stolen by its owner in New Port Richey a day after the accident. It’s unclear if troopers believe that story.
Johnny Walsh, Sr., whose son Johnny Walsh, Jr. is the teenager who was hit by the SUV, just wants someone to come forward.
“Why would you hit a human being or anything and don’t stop?” he said Wednesday. “If it would have been a dog or bird, I would have stopped to see whether that animal or whatever was okay. This is a human being. Come on man, you got to get your act together, please.”
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