Johnny Walsh, 14, was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk in Pasco County, Florida, when a gold Ford Expedition struck him after swerving through a nearby yard and bouncing off a parked car. Walsh is alive and suffered only minor injuries, ABC’s WFTS reported.
An out-of-control driver was caught on security video hitting a teenager and driving off. You can check out the surveillance footage below.
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Walsh reacted quickly, which may have saved his life.
“It hit the bike and I pushed off. Then I hit the floor and I rolled,” he said. “And then the tire was right in front of me. So I had to hurry up and get out of the way.”
Walsh suffered only minor injuries.
“I got a bruise right here. I got a scratch,” Walsh said Tuesday, holding up his right arm for news cameras.
“I got knots on my hand and this [left] elbow. And then my hip, I got a big knot on it.”
The footage shows neighbors rushing out to the street to check on Walsh after the driver struck him and sped off.
“There were kids everywhere. It was just mad chaos,” neighbor Jackie Lilly, who posted the footage to her Facebook page following the incident, said.
The video also shows a white car racing after the SUV as the driver managed to get the license plate number of the vehicle. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) was able to identify the owner of the car, but not the person who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.
(FHP) released the following information, which was also added to Lilly’s Facebook post.
“The vehicle in the video had Florida license plates, number GYCT99. The driver was described as a ‘white male with light brown or blonde hair, 20-30 years of age.
“FHP has asked that anyone with information about this incident contact the FHP by dialing *FHP (*347) locally, or (813)-631-4020.”