CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A tip from a witness led to the location and eventual arrest of a Cape Coral man for the hit and run traffic crash last Saturday night that left a 73-year-old man in critical condition.
On Saturday at 6:50 p.m., Cape Coral Police responded to a reported hit and run crash in the 1400 Block of SE 16th Place. A 73-year-old man was walking south along the shoulder of SE 16th Place when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Traffic Investigators estimate that the vehicle was traveling 50 MPH when the pedestrian was struck. A news release was sent out asking for the public’s assistance in locating the vehicle that struck the elderly man and fled the scene.
On Tuesday, an anonymous citizen entered the Tennis Pro Shop at the Cape Coral Yacht Club at 7:00 p.m. and told the attendant that they had seen what they believed to be the car described in the news release, parked in the parking lot. The witness described the car as a dark green Chrysler Sebring with damage to the passenger side. The Pro Shop attendant called Cape Coral Police who responded to the scene.
Investigators located the driver, Leslie William Church and questioned him about the crash. Church confessed to Police that he had been involved in a hit and run crash on Saturday in which he struck someone. Church was arrested and booked into the Lee County Jail on charges of Hit and Run- Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injury- Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage.
“We are grateful that this anonymous citizen made the choice to get involved and provide us with this tip. When we talk about Community Engagement, this is what we are talking about. The citizens and their police department working together to solve crime and keep this community safe, pure and simple,” said Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.