LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A Cape Coral man credits his helmet and his iPad with possibly saving his life after a hit and run crash last week.
Jeremiah Flowers was on a scooter, heading home from work around 12:15 Friday morning on McGregor Boulevard. As he was approaching Iona Road, he says another vehicle, going much faster, slammed into him from behind.
"He didn't hit his brakes til after he hit me and sent me tumbling through the air," Flowers said.
Scratches on his helmet show the points of impact when Flowers was knocked off the scooter.
"It's kind of like being tossed in the tumble cycle of a dryer or something," he described. "The ground was hitting me from every angle."
Flowers says he was thrown onto McGregor, right through the Iona Road intersection.
"I was able to stand and I asked the driver to call the paramedics for me and he just stared at me," he said.
Somehow, he was able to get to a nearby gas station to call for an ambulance; by the time he got back out... the other driver was gone.
"He felt like it was just ok to leave, and leave a person in the middle of the road, broken up," Flowers said.
The impact of the crash left Flowers with numerous scrapes, cuts, and a broken tailbone. He thinks his injuries might have been worse if it wasn't for an iPad he was carrying in his backpack.
The screen is shattered, yet somehow, the iPad still works. He credits its tough Otterbox case for taking the brunt of the impact.
"I made up a 'love my Otterbox' wallpaper because I think the Otterbox and iPad together may have saved my ability to walk," he said.
Flowers is starting to get around again, four days after the crash. Now he's hoping investigators can catch the driver who did this.
Flowers says the vehicle involved was a light-color pick-up with a topper, or possibly an SUV. He remembers a tag number, but didn't see the state, though he knows it wasn't from Florida.