New Year’s Eve hit-and-run suspect captured in Ruskin

The Florida Highway Patrol

RUSKIN, Fla. (WFLA) —The Florida Highway Patrol has finally captured a driver in connection with a New Year’s Eve hit-and-run that critically injured a 14-year-old boy, all thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip.

Jorge Soria,35, was located this morning at 302 24th St. SE. in Ruskin, Fla, where he was arrested.

News Channel 8 spoke to Cameron Fuller after the arrest.

“I’m glad this hopefully won’t happen to someone else, because what I had to go through was horrible,” he said.

His mother, Natasha Wood, calls it a blessing.

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this. To know he finally has been caught, it’s a blessing,” she said.

Investigators said last New Year’s Eve, Soria was seen traveling south on US-41 when another vehicle crossed his path and blocked him from seeing 14-year-old Cameron Fuller on his bicycle.

Soria’s vehicle collided with Fuller and left him for dead.

Fuller was later airlifted to Tampa in critical condition.

“I had bad road rash, a damaged kidney, head damage, had to get staples and stitches,” he told News Channel 8 last month.  

When we last spoke with Cameron, he was at home recovering in a neck brace after spending more than a month at the hospital. He continues to recover at home. His mom said he still meets with neurologists and has to wear his neck brace, but that he’s in a much better place now than he was even a month ago.

Jorge Soria is in the Manatee County Jail. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license and felony habitual traffic offender.

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