Good Samaritan helps save Lakeland man nearly run over by hit-and-run driver

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – A Lakeland man is praising a good Samaritan after a driver slammed into him, then nearly ran him over, before speeding off from the scene of the crash.

Nick Gashyna was on his motorcycle stopped at a light on South Florida Avenue when a driver slammed into him. Gashyna hit the van in front on him and landed on the pavement.

“I got the wind knocked out of me. I was on the ground. I was a little dazed because my head was knocked back,” Gashyna said.

“When I was on the ground, I could see the car coming towards me, and the guy jumping out of the truck and getting in front of the car.”

Several drivers got out to help including Casey Allison. Allison did not expect what happened next.

The driver tried to take off and nearly ran them over.

“I had come around the front of her vehicle and I slapped her hood because she was already starting to take off,” Allison said.

“She would have hit me and run over him again. I feel like if I hadn’t been there maybe he would have been hit twice. And it could’ve been a lot worse.”

Gashyna is beyond thankful that Allison was willing to risk his life.

“You don’t see too many people who would jump in harms way to save another person,” Gashyna said.

Police found the car, but have not charged anyone, because they cannot prove who was behind the wheel.

“You’ve got to be able to put the driver behind the wheel. Nobody could identify the female who was driving the vehicle,” Lakeland Police Sgt. Gary Gross said. “We checked surveillance video in the area, trying to identify the driver, and it just didn’t work out. It’s very unfortunate.”

Witnesses believe she was on her phone at the time of the crash.

“I think she’s a coward. If you do something wrong take ownership of that. If it was her family member, or her child on the road, would she do the same? She needs to think about that,” Gashyna said.

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