• Family tracks down hit-and-run driver, wants FHP to take action


    ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando family, whose car was struck by a hit-and-run driver said it can't get justice.
    Jason Linton said he was able to track down the car that hit his wife's car as she was driving. He said he wants to know why Florida Highway Patrol troopers haven't taken action against the hit-and-run driver.
    Linton said an eyewitness led them to the car.
    He told Channel 9's Tim Barber that the crash happened Wednesday on 4th Avenue in Taft.
    Linton said his wife and her three children were driving west on 4th Street when a car ran a stop sign and t-boned her car.  
    The car's airbags deployed, a door was mangled and the car's windows were shattered.
    "My heart just dropped all the way, you know, and I just ran up there as fast as I could," said Linton.
    Fortunately no one was injured in the crash.
    Linton said he is focusing on putting the hit-and-run driver behind bars.
    Michael Velazquez said he saw the crash and followed the other driver to a mobile home.
    "Being that there were kids in the car, no regard for human life, it's horrible," said Velazquez.
    The crash report said troopers did not inspect the car until nearly 20 hours after the crash.
    An FHP representative told Barber that troopers investigate 25 hit-and-run crashes each day and the investigating trooper was already at another crash when Velazquez told Linton's family about the car.
    The next day investigators stopped by the mobile home. They said the woman who answered the door said the owner of the car was gone.
    Linton said he hopes troopers keep working the case until his family gets justice.
    "The blatant disregard for human life is what concerns me. That somebody could just do this and run off and not even care if he injured or killed anybody," said Linton.
    Troopers said the most difficult thing about Linton's crash is proving who was behind the wheel. 

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