Teen involved in Collier County hit-and-run speaks from his hospital bed
The Florida Highway Patrol said Tuesday they believe they’ve found the truck involved in a hit-and-run that left a Collier County teen with serious injuries last week.
Troopers said Tuesday that they impounded a black 2006 Ford F-150 from the Whistlers Cove apartment complex parking lot, which is on US-41 at Southwest Boulevard, the intersection where 14-year-old Jamesly Malande was struck.
“The investigation is ongoing to forensically examine the impounded suspect vehicle and to determine the identity of the hit and run driver,” the FHP said.
Jamesly remains in the hospital with several injuries and will need physical therapy before he can return home.
The Lely High School freshman spoke with WINK News from his hospital bed Tuesday.
“A little tired but leg is in a lot of pain and my arms are in splints,” he said.
You can hear the pain in his voice after five days of being in the hospital.
Troopers say he was on his way to school Thursday at around 7 a.m. when he was struck by a truck that was identified only as being dark in color, possibly black.
“We knew what vehicle parts were left on the scene as well as evidence, and we’re hoping to match those vehicle parts with the damage that was located on that vehicle,” said Lt. Greg Bueno with the FHP.
Jamesly doesn’t remember much from that morning. “I don’t remember what I did that morning. I just kind of remember waking up in a hospital bed.”
The driver faces a felony charge and up to five years in prison once caught.
“I think it’s messed up the person would hit somebody and not get out to see if they are OK,” said one Whistlers Cove resident. “Please double-check before you proceed, doesn’t matter who it is; they have a family. It’s not all about you … all it takes is one time to kill somebody with a vehicle.”
People who live in the nearby apartment complex hope justice is served soon.
“This intersection right here, I mean several times I’ve almost been hit myself,” another resident said.
Jamesly’s focus, for now, is on his recovery and being with his family. “They’ve been here helping me out, like putting me in my casts and telling me what other family members have been up to so they cheer me up.”
Hopefully, he can get back to laughing like he used to.
“As of right now, I need to go to therapy and then after that, they can schedule time to go home.”
Anyone with information on the driver is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477 or submit information online through this form.