Melvin Jonathan Gouthro was struck in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hit-and-run accident that left him with serious injures, news sources indicate. Gouthro, 41, was last reported to be at Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition. Police are still looking for the driver, who was reportedly fled the scene in a black sedan. Pompano Beach Rotary Club, of which Gouthro is a member, has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit-and-run driver.
According to reports, the accident occurred on Saturday at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Seabreeze Boulevard. Gouthro, a Bahamas resident, was reportedly staying in the area for pleasure and was walking to W Hotel, where he was staying, when the collision occurred. He was reportedly coming from city docks near East Las Olas Boulevard, where he had left his Ocean Sportfish yacht after spending the day watching the Lauderdale Air show with friends aboard the vessel.
A witness to the accident reported that after striking Gouthro, the hit-and-run vehicle fled down Poinsetta Street. The license plate number of the vehicle remains unknown, and no other description is yet available. It is not clear whether Gouthro was crossing the street at a crosswalk. The witness called police to report the accident, and Gouthro was transported to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment.
Gouthro’s business partner from Walton & Company CPAs, located in Boca Raton, told the press that his friend had yet to regain consciousness. “He is showing signs of responsiveness, but his eyes are closed,” said R. Walton of his accountant business partner. “I hope they get the driver. It was a very criminal act to leave him there.” It is not clear what kinds of injuries Gouthro sustained. Gouthro’s family has reportedly declined to comment on the accident, and it is unknown whether they are seeking the services of a personal injury lawyer.
Gouthro’s friends say that Gouthro is a generous and kind man. “He is always the person to pick you up at the airport,” one of Gouthro’s Rotary Club friends told the press. “He’s very gracious and very generous with charities in the Bahamas and made a lot of anonymous donations. If we needed $500 to donate books, he’d be the first to give it himself.”
Unfortunately, Gouthro was not the only one involved in a car accident recently. Richard E. Wilson of Palm Springs was reported dead yesterday after he was involved in a collision with a sports utility vehicle driven by Luis Rodriguez, 57. News sources indicate that the car accident occurred at approximately 7:35 a.m. at the intersection of Second Avenue North and Congress Avenue. Wilson was riding his bicycle on Second Avenue North when his bike allegedly hit a curb and veered into the path of the SUV. The SUV then reportedly struck Wilson, who fell and hit is head on the pavement. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, according to reports.
Rodriguez is believed to be unharmed. Wilson was transported to Delray Medical Center after the car accident, where he was pronounced dead. No charges have been filed as police continue to investigate the collision.