RUSKIN, Fla. (WFLA) — February is Hit and Run Awareness Month and the Florida Highway Patrol is reminding drivers in the state of Florida to stay at the scene of the crash until authorities arrive.
In 2016, FHP says there were 99,004 hit and run crashes with just over 15,000 resulting in charges. Not only is leaving the scene of an accident illegal, but it can also cost someone their life if the accident results in a serious injury.
On New Year’s Eve 2016, 13-year-old Cameron Fuller of Hillsborough County was riding his new bike when he was hit by a driver. The boy was left for dead and had to be airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.
“I had bad road rash, a damaged kidney, head damage, had to get staples and stitches,” says Cameron.
Cameron spent more than a month in the hospital, and at one point had to be put into a medically induced coma. He’s back home with his family now, still wearing a neck brace as he recovers.
The driver was never caught in this case. The Florida Highway Patrol believes 35-year-old Jorge Soria is the man who was behind the wheel that day. They recovered his car at his mother’s house in Ruskin, and say his family is covering for him while he hides out.
“Have some remorse. Go through what we’re going through. Feel the pain. Because I tell you what, it’s not pretty,” says Cameron’s father, Richard Fuller.
If you have information that could lead authorities to Jorge Soria, please call the Florida Highway Patrol.