Ybor melee leads to car crash into 'Bad Monkey' bar

TAMPA -- A bar brawl that erupted on East 7th Avenue in Ybor City led to a car crash that injured the leg of one victim and damaged the "The Bad Monkey" bar facade overnight Tuesday.

The fight began around 3:25 a.m. when an unknown number of individuals began fighting in front of the bar. TPD stressed in its report that there was no indication that the fight began over politics or protests that took place recently in Ybor.

One subject attempted to escape the fray by jumping into a car to drive away. TPD said that more people began attacking the car and driver.

The driver was unable to complete a U-Turn on 7th Avenue and struck one person, causing an unspecified leg injury. The car continued its forward motion and struck the front door of the bar. The driver then exited the car and left the scene.

The victim with the broken leg was transported to an area hospital but refused medical treatment.

TPD is searching for the driver in this crash and the investigation remains open. Contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 800-873-TIPS (8477) if you have information on the identity of the driver.

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