CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A man whose car was hit by a pair of armed robbery suspects, speeding away from police tells WINK News he's thankful he's alive.
Wednesday night, Cape Coral Police say Jonas Griffin and Justin Diggs held up the Family Dollar store on Skyline Boulevard. According to a new crash report, the suspects led police on a car chase, reaching speeds over 80 miles per hour, and even turning off their headlights to avoid being caught.
They eventually smashed into a car at the intersection of Santa Barbara Boulevard and Veterans Parkway, sending Jorge Tinoco to the hospital with injuries all over his body.
Leaning on crutches Tinoco is recovering at home with his family. "My hip, my knee, my arm, and my head," he said, describing his injuries. "The car hit me, really bad. If he would have hit me in my side door, I would have been dead."
Without their headlights on, Tinoco says there's no way he could see them coming. Police chased the suspects through a nearby neighborhood before catching up with them. "One cop said, hey, Jorge, we caught him! We caught him! You know, the thief," Tinoco said.
Griffin and Diggs appeared in court Friday, now facing a long list of charges. They remain in the Lee County Jail without bond.
Tinoco has a few weeks of recovery ahead but, he's just happy to be home. "My family, I can't be without them," Tinoco said. "I thank God I am alive. I hope I get better."