LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Detective investigating a serious hit and run crash have recovered car parts indicating the vehicle that left the scene was either a Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis. The color of the suspect vehicle could be white, gray or silver. The car will be missing an outside passenger-side mirror, however, the mirror case/housing should be relatively intact. Also, it should have some damage to the front, passenger-side bumper or wheel-well section.
The bicycle rider remains in critical condition at the hospital.
On Sunday March 24, at approximately 1:13 a.m., the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to possible shots fired in the area of the 4700 block of Leonard Boulevard in Lehigh Acres. Deputies located 22-year-old Salvador Burmudez Levid on the shoulder of the road with severe, possible life threatening, injuries. Deputes were able to determine that a vehicle had struck Levid while riding his bicycle and the suspect vehicle had fled the scene.
Levid was riding his Mongoose bicycle eastbound on Leonard Boulevard in the westbound lanes of travel. He was in the middle of the roadway and had a small headlamp on and was also wearing headphones. An unknown vehicle was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Leonard Boulevard at a high rate of speed. The driver of the unknown vehicle began to slam on his brakes, causing his vehicle to skid westbound. The unknown vehicle then reentered the westbound lanes as it approached Levid. The driver then attempted to change his vehicles direction of travel, to avoid hitting Levid, but was unsuccessful and his vehicle struck Levid. The impact vaulted Levid and his bicycle in a northwest direction.
The unknown vehicle then fled the scene without rendering any aid to Levid, who had sustained severe and possible life threatening injuries.
Anyone who may have seen the vehicle or knows the whereabouts of the vehicle or driver is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at (239) 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477). Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the Tip Submit app on any iPhone or by texting a tip to CRIMES(234637) Keyword: REWARD.