Published: Jun 17, 2010 7:47 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 17, 2010 4:53 PM EDT

The Lee County Sheriff's Office issues this report on hit and run in North Fort Myers.  The accident happened about 9:18 a.m. on Thursday at Laurel Drive near Garden Street.

Sheriff's office report:

A waste management driver had exited his vehicle to retrieve garbage from the opposite side of the roadway.  While crossing, 49 year old Eribert Jeannis of 704 Neil Avenue, Lehigh Acres, was struck by a car traveling west on Laurel Drive.  The impact knocked Jeannis to the shoulder on the south side of the street.  The driver of the vehicle did not stop.  The victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Lee Memorial Hospital suffering from injuries to his leg.  He is undergoing surgery at this time.

Due to the nature of the incident, a deputy with the Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit was assigned to investigate.  So far, the vehicle and driver leaving the scene have not been located or identified.  The only description available, at this time, is a white or brown, 4-door vehicle driven by an elderly, white male.   If anyone can identify the vehicle or driver, please call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 dollars, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.