Homeless dad releases photos of baby hurt in hit and run
Holiday, Florida -- 17-year-old Dakota Harwood knows he and his family are lucky to be alive.
Dakota says he and his fiance', Jordan, were coming back from the park pushing their four-month-old baby boy, Jaysen, in a stroller down the sidewalk when a man plowed into them.
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He says they didn't see the light blue Ford Crown Victoria car headed towards them because they were hit from behind.
It happened in Holiday off Chatlin Road and Trask Drive around 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Dakota says, "It was completely unexpected. My first priority was my child."
The impact of the crash sent Jaysen out of his stroller and through the air. He landed in some nearby bushes. His father says he has road rash on his body, cuts, scrapes and bruises.
He adds, "He has a little contusion on his head. The doctor said he has minor bleeding from the brain which should stop soon and there's bruising around the brain." Dakota says his son is moving around but cries out in pain from time to time. He says he's expected to be in the hospital for at least a week.
Meanwhile Dakota says he and Jordan are okay. Dakota says, "It's hard for me to walk. I have a torn calf muscle in my right leg and I have some pretty bad road burn everywhere - on my arms - my legs."
He says Jordan's injuries aren't as bad. She's lucky. She got clipped by the bumper. She has a bruised calf muscle and a sprained ankle and just minor road rash."
Witnesses say the driver was in a light blue Ford Crown Victoria possibly a 2000 year model.
Dakota says he got a good look at the driver because he actually stopped and asked if they were okay then said he'd call 9-1-1 before he sped off.
He adds, "We were telling him just to stay there - stay there - because that's what you're supposed to do after an accident. Stay there. But instead of that he just got back into the car and took off."
Dakota describes the driver as a white man in his late 20's with brown hair, and a mouth full of gold teeth. He believes he was wearing a gray shirt at the time. If you know anything about the crime call Florida Highway Patrol.
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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