The driver who troopers say struck a teen and left the scene in Collier County last week has been arrested.
Juan Pablo Alvizurez Giron, 46, of Naples was arrested Wednesday for leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury, a felony charge. He was transported to Collier County Jail and was later released on bond.
The crash happened 6:40 a.m. Sept. 3, on US-41 at Southwest Boulevard. The Florida Highway Patrol said Alvizurez Giron was driving his 2006 Ford F-150 westbound on US-41 in the right lane approaching the intersection of Southwest Blvd., where 14-year-old Jamesly Malande was walking in the crosswalk.
The front of Alvizurez Giron’s truck struck Malande, causing serious injuries. He was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he is still recovering. His injuries, including a broken leg and hand, were so bad, it was days before he could even speak.
“I don’t remember what I did that morning,” Malande told WINK News over the phone. “I just kinda remember waking up in a hospital bed.”
Alvizurez Giron fled the scene, troopers said.
A smashed truck parked outside the Whistlers Cove apartments is what led investigators to arrest Alvizurez Giron. Those who knew him were shocked by his arrest.
“When there is a hit and run, there is usually some evidence left, whether it’s paint chips, tire marks, a piece of the truck,” said Rich Kolko, WINK News Safety & Security Specialist. “To have the truck identified and the person arrested, that would be called a successful investigation.”
A neighbor who did not want to be identified on camera told us she has children of her own and feels for Malande and his family.
“I have kids too,” the neighbor said. “I don’t want anything to happen to them, especially them getting knocked down and just left for dead.”
The neighbor told us Alvizurez Giron has children and said it’s sad because it could have been one of his own.
News of Alvizurez Giron was a sigh of relief for Malande and his family as he continues his recovery.
“They’ve been here helping me out, like putting me in my casts and telling me what other family members have been up to. Yeah, they cheer me up,” Malande told WINK News.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Tuesday they believed they had found the truck involved in the crash, but they were still looking for the driver.
Troopers said they impounded Alvizurez Giron’s black 2006 Ford F-150 from the Whistlers Cove apartment complex parking lot.
Collier County records show the Alvizurez Giron got probation for a 2003 DUI arrest. In that case, he also left the scene of a crash.