Police: Arrest warrant issued for Leesburg hit-and-run driver



LEESBURG, Fla. - Police have identified the driver who they said was behind a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a Lake County high school student in June.

Leesburg police said they issued an arrest warrant for the driver, 25-year-old Kasson Ford, on Monday.

Amanda Posey, 17, was thrown from her friend's pickup truck when Ford ran a stop sign and crashed into them in early June, police said.

Posey is now bound to a wheelchair and her recovery will take months. But authorities said she's lucky to be alive.

"Very tough to see my daughter go from a happy healthy kid to pretty much living inside the house," said Posey's mother, Rhonda Walters.

According to investigators, Ford left the scene of the crash, which left Posey with serious injuries.

"It was like a slow-motion dream. It didn't even feel real at first," said Posey.

Police told Channel 9 that witnesses came forward to help identify Ford as the driver.

"I didn't ever think that day would get here quick enough, but it finally did," said Walters.

But investigators said they don't know where Ford is and haven't been able to locate him since the crash.

"He will be found and he will be brought to justice," said Walters.

Anyone with information about Ford's whereabouts is asked to contact Leesburg police.

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