Keelan Cox of Gainesville, Florida was arrested Tuesday after he hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene, press sources indicate. Cox, 28, was booked into the Alachua County Jail on a charge of failure to stop for a crash involving personal injury. He was later granted a $5,000 bail bond. It is not yet known whether Cox has paid that bail bond amount, nor is it clear whether he has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
News sources say the accident occurred at around midnight on Tuesday. The victim, who police identified as a 47-year-old homeless man, was walking down the middle of the 900 East University Avenue. While it is unknown why the victim was walking down the middle of the street, reports say he was waving his arms to warn motorists to drive around him. According to reports, two vehicles were able to avoid hitting him. The man’s identity has not been revealed to the public, likely as police work to find and inform his next of kin of his condition.
The man’s lucky streak allegedly ended when Cox’s silver Nissan Xterra struck him. Witnesses reported hearing a thud and seeing the victim lying in the road. Another witness, who said he saw Cox hit the man and drive away, perused Cox in his vehicle and told him to return to the scene of the accident. Cox reportedly refused to return.
A police alert was then issued for Cox and an officer spotted him and pulled him over at 800 NW 31st Drive. The officer reportedly found damage consistent with the hit-and-run to the front right side of Cox’s car, as well as a broken mirror and blood. After a witness identified Cox, he was arrested. Cox apparently admitted to hitting the man and told police that he chose to flee the scene after he hit the victim because he was driving with an expired driver’s license.
Emergency workers took the victim to the Shands Trauma Center, where he was listed as being in critical condition and is being treated for severe head trauma, sources say. A more recent report on his health is not available.
In related news, four people were sent to the hospital when an out-of-control car crashed into a nursing home in North Miami Beach on Wednesday, sources say. The identity of the driver and those injured in the accident has not yet been released to the public.
Reports say the accident occurred around 2:00 in the morning, when a red car hit a sidewalk curb. The bump apparently sent the vehicle through the air and into the Watercrest Care Center, which is located at 16650 West Dixie Highway. Sources say the car crashed into rooms between the first and second floors. While it isn’t clear why the car lost control, sources indicated that the vehicle was speeding down the West Dixie Highway headed southbound.
The parties injured in the accident are expected to recover, sources say. It is unclear at this point whether charges will be pressed by the victims or loved ones.