FHP needs help identifying driver of SUV in hit-and-run crash

"We're still all in shock, we're still all in shock as a family," said Donna Hudson.

Elijah Daggy's mother is still trying to get her head around how someone could nearly kill her 37-year-old son and keep driving.

"He has a severe brain injury, he has a broken back compression, broken ribs and the biggest thing we're concerned with right now is the brain injury," said Hudson.

A video shows what happened seconds before the hit-and-run last Wednesday just before 2:00 p.m.. The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of the white SUV seen right after Daggy rode by.

"This person has to find resolve, this person may be a mother with a baby, this person may be a teenager who was texting," said Hudson.

Elijah's mother says he is a triathlete who treks a lot of miles on his bicycle around Pasco and Pinellas counties. She says Elijah is out of a coma now, but is having memory loss.

"My son didn't deserve this; he's going to have to have long-term care this is not a short-term fix. It's heartbreaking it's absolutely heartbreaking,"' said Hudson.

Another disturbing detail about this hit-and-run along Alternate 19 is that when Elijah was struck, no none was stopping except his father who just happened to be passing by.

"He came to my register and I was in shock, just in shock and then we went in to let's-get-it-done-mode, let's find this person," Hudson said.

The family has been putting flyers all around the area in hopes that someone might know who was driving the white SUV and turn them in.

"Just come forward. My son is going to live so this is not going to be an attempted murder charge," said Hudson.

The family wants to focus on Elijah's recovery.

Again, FHP found the owner of the SUV but are still looking for the person who was driving it at the time of the hit-and-run.     

If you know who that might be, call Crimestoppers 1-800-873-TIPS and you could be eligible for a reward.


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