Holiday, Florida -- The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the man wanted in connection with the hit-and-run of a young family on July 27.
Deputies are asking for the public's help locating 29-year-old Damian Ray Eagan, of Holiday. Deputies say Eagan is believed to be the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria that hit the 17-year-old couple as they were walking their baby in his stroller off Chatlin Road and Trask Drive.
The parents tell 10 News that driver Damian Eagan had the audacity to get out and ask if they were okay. They were injured, yet he still sped away. They hope now that investigators have named him and released his picture, Eagan will be caught.
"Heartless, because he just left us," says mother Jordan Harwood.
The Harwoods will never forget Damian Eagan's face. He's the man investigators now say had been behind the wheel, when he plowed into Dakota tearing his calf muscle. The impact knocked their infant, Jaysen, out of his stroller onto the ground.
"He had road rash on his arms, leg, and face. He had a couple abrasions on his head and some minor bleeding of the brain," says father Dakota Harwood.
There's a smile returning to the face of the now five-month-old and his scrapes are fading. However, emotions are still raw with the driver on the run.
"I feel kind of angry about it. He saw Jason and got back in and took off," says Dakota Harwood.
"We are determined to get him off the streets," says Jordan Harwood.
Investigators are determined to track him down, too. They've issued an arrest warrant for leaving the scene of a crash with injuries. The Harwood's say Eagan didn't do the right thing the first time and insist now is his chance.
"Turn yourself in. Honestly, that's my message. It's a whole lot easier than having people come after you," says Jordan Harwood.
"I think he deserves what he gets -- jail time. He took off and left a baby bleeding on the road. There's no excuse for that," says Dakota Harwood.
Eagan lives in Holiday, but investigators believe he could be hiding out in the Miami area. It's now a state-wide effort to find him.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Damian Ray Eagan, who investigators say may have fled to Miami, is urged to call the Florida Highway Patrol at 813-631-4020 or your local Crime Stoppers.
If you would like to help the family with their medical or living expenses, you may do so by clicking here. Dakota says they've been staying with his best friend's family for the past three months until they can get back on their feet.
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