Polk County

Hit-and-run driver in custody, accused of hitting 11-year-old boy

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — An 11-year-old boy was injured Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run crash in Polk County.

Polk County deputies said the boy broke his leg and was transported to a local hospital for his injuries.


Deputies said the crash happened around 8 a.m. near the intersection of Cedar Side Drive and Rio Grande Canyon Loop in Poinciana.

Deputies said the driver of a dark-colored Toyota 4Runner fled the scene. Investigators said they located the vehicle shortly after the crash and identified the suspect as Pierre Jacinthe, 68, of Poinciana.

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At around 10:45 a.m., deputies said Jacinthe turned himself in at the Davenport Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.