Thursday morning just before sunrise, a driver hit a 14-year-old boy at the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and U.S. 41 and fled the scene. SWFL Crime Stoppers is now asking for any information you may have about the crash.
It’s been more than 30 hours since the incident but Florida Highway Patrol still has no new information.
What we do know is that Jamesly Malande was hit while crossing the street in a crosswalk. The intersection was about a 20-minute walk from his school, Lely high. Troopers believe the driver was in a dark-colored pickup truck, possibly black. And the truck likely has front end damage.
Students at Lely High School say Jamesly was a freshman.
The crash happened just before 7 a.m. So if you saw anything, Crime Stoppers want to know and you could earn up to a $3,000 reward. You can call them at 1-800-780-8477 or online through this form.
Right before leaving his house, Malande grabbed his skateboard headed out the door as he normally would.
“School’s at 7, he left with a skateboard,” His mother, Lucienne said. “And I say ‘OK take care’ I tell him every day.”
30 minutes after that exchange, Jamesly was hit. His mother said she knew something was wrong when the police showed up at her door.
“Very very bad I’m crying,” she said when she saw them.
The teen was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital and is being treated for life-threatening injuries, including several possible fractures.
His parents are thankful that their son is alive. But seeing him injured so severely was heartbreaking for them.
“I’m going ‘James?…James? I’m touching your hair, I’m touching your shoulder.’ So I’m saying ‘James, this is your mother, this is your father James. You don’t hear me? James? James?’ and I’m shake…saying ‘James? James? James?” His mother said.
She is happy that he’s doing better after having two surgeries.
“I’m so happy they could save a life for him because only leg and hand,” said his mom.
Jamesly has a broken leg and hand that doctors had to fix.
“I say thank you, god and thank you doctor too thank you someone help in the road,” she added.
His parents aren’t the only people that were excited about his recovery, his friends were too.
“Jamesly was a really good guy. He didn’t deserve to have something like this happen to him,” said Jean Duponcy, neighbor.
“He never judged me. He’s one of the few people who make me feel welcome here. I wish him well,” Duponcy added. “We respect him, and we love him.”
Jamesly’s mom is also just happy that a stranger called for help. No one knows what could’ve happened if they hadn’t.
“I’m glad someone called for help for son because I didn’t know,” she said.